Australian Native – Nitrogen Fixer
It is a vigorous evergreen climber growing to 6 m. It has typical pea-like flowers which are usually violet but can be white, pink or other colours. The leaves are dark green, “hard” and leathery, with prominent venation.
H. violacea is a widespread species found in many habitats and is also widely grown as a hardy garden plant with many cultivars available.
Being a member of the Fabaceae family it helps to fix nitrogen in the soil for the benefit of other plants. Also being an evergreen plant, it may provide useful winter habitat for pest predator lacewings.
The leaves can be boiled to make a slightly sweet and pleasant tea.