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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Platylobium obtusangulum
Common Name:common flat-pea
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Hedging
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Well Drained
1 m x 1 m
Foliage:Stalkless, mostly paired dark green triangular or arrow-shaped leathery leaves, 1-3 cm x 0.6-3.8 cm, network of veins, lobe tips prickly or rounded.
Flowers:Yellow, red centre. 1-3 large pea flowers in leaf axils on short stalks 3-8 mm long which are hidden by overlapping brown scales and papery bracts. Small bracts overlap the base of the calyx. Flat, hairy, winged pods. September-December
Spreading, clumping or arching shrubs with hairless to densely shaggy stems. Frost tolerant. Attractive upright plant for gardens and bushland. Prune for hedging.

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

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