Desert Pea Swainsona formosa

Sturt's Desert Pea or Swainsona formos from Excitations stock photos of Australia archive.

Sturt’s Desert Pea or more formally Swainsona formosa.

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While we’re talking about Sturt’s Desert Pea, here are a couple of things you mightn’t know. Swainsona formosa grows wild in all Australian mainland states the exception being Victoria. It is also the floral emblem of South Australia. The first “white fella” record of the Desert Pea attributed to explorer, William Dampier who noted it on 22nd August 1699. Presumably, it was known to indigenous Australians long before then.

Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa close-up with rain drops photographed near Broken Hill.;

The large black bulbous area in the centre of the flowers referred to as the “boss”. However don’t be fooled thinking the boss is always black, it can be many colours including scarlet, ruby through to almost a deep pink. In its natural habitat, the plant can survive extreme heat, prolong periods of dry weather and even light frosts.