STURTS DESERT PEA SWAINSONA FORMOSA NATIVE WONDER DROUGHT HEAT SAND TOLERANT STURT’S DESERT PEA $2.30

STURT’S DESERT PEA – HAPPILY GROWS IN NO MANS (OR WOMENS) LAND! NO PLANT THRILLS ME AS MUCH AS SEEING THIS GROWING IN THE WILD!

Swainsona formosa, commonly known as Sturt’s Desert Pea, stands as an emblematic Australian plant within the Swainsona genus, paying homage to the renowned English botanist Isaac Swainson. Its striking crimson leaf-like flowers, adorned with distinctive black centers or “bosses,” render it among Australia’s most iconic wildflowers. Thriving in the harsh landscapes of central and north-western Australia, it sprawls across all mainland Australian states, except Victoria.

This resilient beauty thrives against formidable odds, resiliently retreating during scorching summers only to resurface with the advent of rejuvenating rains. Evolved for desert existence, its tiny seeds boast enduring viability, capable of germinating even after prolonged dormancy. Encased in a sturdy seed coat, they withstand arid extremes until awakened by the touch of rainfall, a phenomenon inhibiting germination in standard settings. Overcoming this dormancy requires a gentle intervention: either by delicately nicking the seed coat near the seed’s eye, rubbing it with sandpaper, or subjecting it to a soak in hot water just below boiling temperature, allowing overnight immersion.

Upon germination, these seeds swiftly develop robust taproots, a lifeline crucial for desert survival. Therefore, once sprouted, they demand immediate placement in their designated spot or swift transplantation to ensure seamless adaptation to their environment.

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