'WARBURRA' PURPLE CORAL PEA / HAPPY WANDERER (Hardenbergia violacea) 'Bush Tucker Plant Seeds'
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This 'Warburra' Purple Coral Pea offers the perfect ornamental solution for any home or garden, with its delicate deep purple flower clusters. Known as the Happy Wanderer, the Hardenbergia violacea is a fast growing, low maintenance and drought-tolerant variety, perfect for Australian conditions.
Native to Australia from Queensland to Tasmania. It is known in Australia by the common names false sarsaparilla, purple coral pea, happy wanderer, native lilac and Waraburra, from the Kattang language).
A tough and easy care climber or ground covering plant, this plant is spectacular when in flower, with many purple sprays of blossom in late winter and Spring. A vigorous low maintenance native climber or trailing plant that will provide dense cover to just about anything.
A Variety of habitats, particularly forest and woodland.
Plants fix nitrogen into the soil.
Bush Food: The edible flowers and leaves of False Sarsaparilla can be crushed and used to make tea, a slightly sweet and reasonably pleasant drink similar in taste to green tea, at one time the roots were also reportedly used for this purpose.
Bush medicine: A tea from crushed leaves to relieve toothaches, sore throats, and maintain healthy insides. Flowers can also be eaten for the purpose of detox and cleansing.
Other Uses: A dye can also obtained from the flowers and used in basket weaving. The vine itself can be used as a rope and woven together to make nets and traps. The flowers can also be used as a seasonal indicator. It indicated that certain fish in the river were now fat and ready to be caught and eaten.
Germination: Seeds germinate readily, germination usually occurs within 3-6 weeks. Light may inhibit germination. Could use hot water treatment instead of dry heat but care needs to be taken that water is not boiling.
As a general rule Hardenbergia seed should be sown to the depth of the seed. Although most Australian native/ endemic seed can be sown throughout the seasons across Australia it is advisable to sow in Spring or Summer in colder regions.