Sturt’s desert pea (Swainsona) – Guilfoyle’s Volcano, Royal Botanic Gardens
This photo is posted, not because it’s a great photo, but merely to share an Australian Native flower which I’ve never seen in the wild. I think it’s from Western Australia (?) – not sure. I was amazed to see it trailing along the ground with the succulents and cacti in the Botanic Gardens.
The flower is stunning and a bright red with the black ‘nose’. The leaves are a light bright colour also.
It’s a great plant for tubs and hanging baskets according to my RHS Garden Plants & Flowers in Australia by Ian Spence. I’ve only ever seen it books or magazines and NEVER in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens before last Thursday. As the flower is short-lived, maybe last Thursday was ‘right time, right place’.
It’s a flower you can’t miss and certainly, once you’ve seen it, you’ll never forget it.