Members of Hardenbergia are half hardy perennials that are native to Australia.
They can reach up to 3 metres (10 feet) in height.
They carry pea like flowers in racemes, usually in purple.
Some of the common names for members of this genus include Australian Sarsaparill and Coral pea. Commonly grown garden members include Hardenbergia violacea and Hardenbergia comptoniana.
Common Names: Australian Sarsaparilla, Australian Lilac, Coral Pea, Happy Wanderer, Vine Lilac, Waraburra.
Life Cycle: Half hardy perennial.
Height: 120 inches (300 cm).
Growing Region: Zones 9 to 10.
Hardenbergia violaceais a great plant to grow if you are looking to add some color to your Garden at the end of winter or start of spring.
It is an evergreen woody stemmed climber that carries attractive purple flowers reminiscent of peas.
The plant goes by the common names of False Sarsparilla and Purple coral Pea in its native Australia.
Although it can grow in both full sunlight and partially shaded areas, it is at heart a sun loving plant and will perform best in a sunny patch of the garden.
As a climber it is best grown on a trellis, but can be put to better use by covering unsightly fences.
There are numerous varieties, with perhaps one of the most loved and grown being the purple flowered Happy Wanderer (Purple Vine Lilac), which can reach 16 feet (4.8 m) in height.
Pink cultivars include Rosea, and the white flowered Hardenbergia Alba is also popular.