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South Australian Flower Emblem

sturt's desert pea

The Flower emblem of South Australia is the Sturt’s Desert Pea or its scientific name is Swainsona formosa. It was proclaimed as the flower emblem of South Australia last November 23, 1961. The flower has a unique and outstanding beauty. William Dampier is the one who first saw the flower. But its name was derived from an explorer, Captain Charles Sturt during the 19th century. It produces red flowers with black boss at the base of the uppermost petal. After four months of germination, you can expect its flowers to bloom which can reach up to 9 cm long. In South Australia, this flower is protected. It is illegal to simply get the flowers without permission from the local authorities.

How to Grow  Sturt’s Desert Pea?

Sturt’s Desert Pea is considered as delicate annual. But if it stays in a favorable soil or ground, its flowers will still remain. Its seeds can germinate for many years. In order to be protected from the harsh environment, its seeds have hard coat.

When planting the Sturt’s Desert Pea, you need to make sure that it is well drained in a soil or potting because it is prone to fungal diseases and root rot. As much as possible, you should place it in a hanging basket to ensure proper drainage. This is because it is well adapted to desert environment. Plus, you shouldn’t place it in an area where there is a direct exposure to rain. It needs full sun, particularly when it is winter season. For you to see new growth of flowers, you need to cut the old flowers immediately. Pruning is also important for the plants to grow. For the fertilizer, you need to use the slow release fertilizer, particular when it is spring time. You can sow this plant late winter to midsummer.

You can buy grafted Sturt’ Desert Pea with its corresponding price. You can buy this from your local nursery. You should consult a specialist to know more about this plant.

What’s good about having this plant?

  • It attracts the native birds. Thus, you will have your natural pest control which is more environment-friendly.
  • They don’t need more water.
  • You will have the chance to own this one of a kind and a beautiful flower.
  • Lastly, it is one of the South Australian’s greatest pride.


“A creeping vine that runs along the ground … and the blossom like a bean blossom, but much larger and of a deep red colour looking very beautiful”.


2 responses

  1. Very unique flower!

    March 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm

  2. very well explain about how to setup Sturt’s Desert Pea in very detail.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

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