Swainsona galegifolia: is a member of the Fabaceae (Pea) family and is known as the Smooth Darling Pea. S.galegifolia.JPG (30205 bytes)

Swainsona galegifolia is a perennial that will reach a height of one metre. The leaves are compound with 21-29 leaflets. Pea-shaped flowers are carried in spring in clusters of 15-20 blooms. Flower colour is variable and may be white, pink, purple, yellow, orange or dark red. Leathery pods follow the flowers.

Swainsona galegifolia appreciates pruning after flowering. Cut back each stem behind the spent flowers. Unpruned plants may become a trifle straggly.

Swainsona galegifolia occurs throughout New South Wales as well as Queensland and Victoria.

Propagate from seed or cuttings. Seeds need to be soaked in boiling water before sowing because they have a hard seed coat.