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Climber Wall ShrubConservatory Greenhouse

Kennedia rubicunda

dusky coral pea

A twining climber reaching 3m or more or a ground covering perennial forming dense mats of growth. Leaves are hairy, mid-green and and made up of three oval leaflets; loose bunches of dark red pea-like flowers appear in spring and summer and occasionally into autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Neutral, Alkaline, Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green
Summer Red Green
Autumn Red Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Trailing, Matforming, Climbing
Genus

Kennedia can be herbaceous or woody, twining climbers with trifoliate leaves and pea-like flowers which may be solitary, in pairs, umbels or racemes in the leaf axils

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in loam-based compost with horticultural grit or sharp sand added. Water sparingly in winter. During spring and summer water freely and feed monthly with a balanced liquid fertiliser

Propagation

Propagate by seed in a temperature of 18-21°C after having soaked the seed in freshly boiled water for 12 hours

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

Pruning group 12 in late winter or after flowering

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite and glasshouse whitefly under glass

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus in gardens where it is present but insufficient data to determine degree of susceptibility

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