Hardenbergia Season! (goes by the names of Hardenbergia violacea, Native Lilac, Lilac Vine, Waraburra (Kattang Language), Happy Wanderer, Purple Coral Pea, False Sarsaparilla)
There is only one Hardenbergia around here - you don’t notice it until July and August and suddenly, our world turns purple! They grow in a range of soils but always well-drained, and in full sun to Gumtree shady. I looked for a small-leaved form at Trees In Newcastle (Bush Regeneration Nursery) and planted them in my garden several years ago. The tiny leaves are almost invisible all year but now everyone can see the masses of purple splashes all over everything!
Clever little things that make their own nitrogen fertiliser, they seem happiest if left to look after themselves - which they are quite capable of doing. For example, if they are growing in an exposed spot, they hold their leaves up erect to avoid the hot ground in the middle of a hot day, returning to rest them at night.
The area where this was growing was burnt last October so I wonder if there will be one this year?
- "Canoelands" - a form with dense, long thin leaves
- "Happy Wanderer" (very vigorous, purple flowers)
- "Pink Fizz" (pink flowers - climbing, not vigorous)
- "Mini Haha" (tightly compact, shrubby - purple flowers)
- "Alba" (white flowers)
- "Free 'n' Easy" (whitish flowers, vigorous climber)
- "Blushing Princess" (shrubby - mauve-pink flowers)
- "Purple Falls" (trailing - purple flowers, good for rockeries)
- "Bushy Blue" (shrubby - blue-purple flowers)
Drink: Apparently, the boiled leaves produce a slightly sweet and reasonably pleasant drink
A grey-blue dye can be obtained from the flowers too!
Cribb. A. B. and J. W. Wild Food in Australia.
Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.