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PlantFiles: 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

One vendor has this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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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

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Domehomedee 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 kennedyh 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.


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

Scottsdale, Arizona
Albany, California
Arroyo Grande, California
Atwater, California
Lompoc, California
Richmond, California
San Diego, California

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