General Description: A very attractive shrub, to 3 m tall, with rounded, dark green leaves and clusters of yellow and red pea flowers at the ends of branchlets. The leaves are a glossy dark green and are arranged alternately.
Flowers and Fruit: Yellow pea flowers, with dark red centres, to 12 mm wide. Flowers from September to November. The fruit is a flattened ovate pod and it all ripens at the same time producing good quantities of hard black seed.
Site Preference and Tolerances: Is moderately frost tolerant (especially once established) but grows best as an understory plant so it is sheltered from frost when young. Likes moist and well drained soil and could require watering over long dry periods.
Life Span: Medium (about 20 years).
Wildlife Value: Insect attracting and provides good quantities of seed for ants and seed eating fauna.
Other Values and Uses: This is a very versatile fast growing shrub with profuse yellow flowers that looks lovely in any setting. This will make a good screening plant where there is limited width, it is not dense but can be lightly trimmed to shape and is a good height.
Other Scientific Names: Pultenaea daphnoides var. daphnoides, Pultenaea daphnoides var. obcordata, Pultenaea obcordata
Other Common Names: Native Daphne
Germination Information: Need to break seed dormancy and heat treatment using just boiled water is usually used. I prefer to pour just boiled water over the seed and leave it for at least half an hour to ensure the seedcoat is cracked and the seed has taken in some water.