Hardenbergia violacea – Native Sarsaparilla

A tough and easy care climber or ground covering plant, this plant is spectacular when in flower, with many purple sprays of blossom. It blooms from spring through summer, and the plant fixes nitrogen from the air, which is good for the soil. It grows low to around 3 metres wide, and the dense habit smothers weeds once established, making it good for home gardens and larger landscapes. Also great for kids playgrounds. Low frost tolerance, drought tolerant, suits light clay to sandy soils, sun to part shade.

Sow seed in the warm months of the year. The seed has a hard coating, and needs soaking overnight to soften it. Put boiling water into a container, then put seeds in the water and let it cool down naturally. Plant the next day into seed raising mix, only just covering the seed with soil, keep moist but not wet until germination, which should be in 1 to 3 weeks.

Family : Fabaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Large shrub, Ground cover, Climber
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Spring
Soil Type : Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Hardenbergia violacea
Common Name : Native sarsaparilla
Height : 5
Flower Color : Purple
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant, Wildflower meadow
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Not frost tolerant
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Butterflies, Other insects