Black Coral Pea
Kennedia nigricans

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kennedia (ken-NEE-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: nigricans (ny-grih-kans) (Info)
Synonym:Kennedya nigricans

Category:

Groundcovers

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Queen Creek, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Albany, California

Arroyo Grande, California

Atwater, California

Lompoc, California

Richmond, California

San Diego, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 31, 2010, Domehomedee from Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

The flowers on this plant look like bees as they are black and yellow. A nice hardy vine, but it does have a mind of it's own, wandering off the trellis an up a neighboring bush.

Neutral

On Feb 21, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This West Australian climbing pea, is very unusual in having black flowers (well black and yellow). The large pea flowers are borne over a long period through the spring and summer, and are attractive to nectar-feeding birds. Its drawback is its vigour. Our plant has spread along more than 10 metres of fence, forming a thick hedge from a single plant, and it tends to climb vigorously over any other neighbouring shrubs.