Kennedia nigricans

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 Kennedia nigricans subsp. var.  Black Coral Pea, Black Kennedia
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Habit: vine-climber
Height: to
Width: to
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: W Australia
Bloom: early spring, mid spring, mid winter, late winter
Exposure: sun, part-sun
Water: moderate, dry
Features: flowers, drought tolerant
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USDA Zones: to
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Flower features: yellow, black, multicolored
Fabaceae > Kennedia nigricans var. , Lindl.

Kennedia nigricans (Black Kennedia or Black Coral Pea) is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, endemic to the south-west of Western Australia.

It is a vigorous climber which can spread up to 6 metres in diameter or 4 metres in height and has dark green leaflets that are about 15 cm long.[1][2] Distinctive black and yellow pea flowers are produced between July and November in its native range.[2][3] This plant loves hot dry climates where it blossoms throughout the summer. Can be used as a ground cover or a trellis plant.


This plant is noted for its vigour and can be used to cover embankments or unsightly structures.[1] The species is adapted to a range of soils and prefers a sunny position.[2][3] It is resistant to drought and has some frost tolerance.[2] The species can be propagated by scarified seed or cuttings of semi-mature growth, while the cultivar requires propagation from cuttings to remain true to type.[2][4]


Pests and diseases


A cultivar known as Kennedia nigricans 'Minstrel' was registered with the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority by Goldup Nursery of Mount Evelyn, Victoria in September 1985. This cultivar was selected from a batch of seedlings in 1983 and has a pale colouration instead of the yellow, which appears almost white.[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Greig, D. (1987). The Australian Gardener's Wildflower Catalogue. Australia: Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0207154600. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Bodkin, Frances (1991). Encyclopaedia Botanica. Australia: Cornstalk Publishing. ISBN 0207150648. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Template:FloraBase
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kennedia 'Minstrel'". Australian Cultivar Registration Authority. Retrieved on 2008-09-25.

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