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Black coral pea

Scientific Name: Kennedia nigricans
Plant Family: Fabaceae

Among the most unusual flowers at MEMBG are those of black coral pea (Kennedia nigricans). This member of the legume family from Southwestern Australia has large and distinctive black and yellow flowers that are unlike those of any other species. These flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Black coral pea is an evergreen vine with three broad leaflets that grows rapidly and readily covers a large fence or almost anything else if not kept in check. It is drought hardy but sensitive to hard frosts.