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Peas produce unusual, beautiful blooms

Wednesday, 29th September, 2010

An unusually coloured Sturt’s Desert Pea. All of the flowers on a single plant had the rare colouring. An unusually coloured Sturt’s Desert Pea. All of the flowers on a single plant had the rare colouring.

Sturt’s Desert Peas usually flower from late spring through to summer and autumn, and this year they are blooming earlier than usual and in full force.

The beautiful red flowers can be seen widely across the area and, amongst the traditional red and black peas, there are some eye catching colour variations.

Caroline Dart of Native Blende Nursery said that many different coloured peas were known, from reds, pinks, yellows and even white flowers. “The variety of colours may be due to genetic variation” which occurs naturally, said Caroline.

“I believe that environmental factors could contribute to variations.” Caroline said that too much or too little of the necessary minerals or other matter in the soil and water could affect the colouring.

She said the Living Desert site was an example of this. Picking the flowers from the wild is prohibited. Barrier Daily Truth recently featured examples of the variations, including white ones and pink ones, and pictured today is a multi-coloured example.

This flower features red tops, purple centres and red-edged white lower sections.

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