Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
The Purple Coral Pea (Hardenhergia violate) is in bloom. I wonder if any person living in my road has even noticed.
….and how do I know…..I just stood at the window watching the plants and young saplings being blown nearly double by the strong winter wind and looked across the road between the 2 hedges. There, nearly 35-40 feet long, is the faint hint of purple.
It’s a very long patch of intertwining vines. One can’t really see much (in the image below), but I know it’s there and what the flower is. It’s blowing a gale today and much too inclement to go outdoors to get a close-up shot (after sitting in a heated room most of the day), but you can get the idea by the image below. Much too far away for a hand-held shot – even with a 150-500 mm heavy lens (which was the closest camera out of it’s bag).
…….and for those who don’t know what this gorgeous intertwining vine looks like, here’s some images made over recent years. Most of these were made at the end of the day, hence the rich blue-green tone of the leaves – the blue hour.
Hardenbergia violacea, Purple Coral Pea or Native Sarsaparilla, is a well-known climber with twining stems.
The leaves are glossy green, with prominent veins and up to ten centimetres long. The flowers are pea-shaped, up to one centimetre across, purple, and violet and rarely pink or white. They are carried in large clusters from late winter to early spring. Blooms are both profuse and conspicious. They are followed by pods that carry a number of black, hard-coated seeds.
H. violacea could be grown as a ground cover if it is denied access to other plants or objects to clamber over. (The vine across the road is starting to climb up one of the Cypress trees in the top hedge).
The Purple Coral Pea occurs in all eastern mainland states including Tasmania and South Australia.