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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Kennedia prostrata
synonym:   Caulinia prostrata
Common Name:running postman , scarlet coral pea , scarlet runner
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Nature Strip, Cottage, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Nectar is sweet like honeysuckle, stems can be used for twine.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Well Drained
1-2.5 m wide
Foliage:Leaves divided into 3 crinkly, roundish blue-green leaflets 6-35 mm x 6-35 mm, hairy below, tips often notched. Heart-shaped stipules at base of leaves.
Flowers:1-2 scarlet pea flowers on long stalks, along branches. Downy pods to 50 mm long. April-December,
Open to dense trailing or matting shrub, young growth hairy. Attractive ground cover with well displayed flowers. Useful on embankments, in hanging baskets or trailing over large planters. Pruning is beneficial. Tolerates dry soils once established. Tolerates light frosts. Birds like the nectar and the insects it attracts. Both food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Australian Native Plants Society
  3. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  5. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  6. iNaturalist
  7. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  8. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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