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Alice Springs FloraAnnual Yellowtop Fork-leaf Corkwood Ghost Gum Native Bluebell Rat’s Tail Striped Mintbush Sturt’s Desert Pea Weeping Bottlebrush

The Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) grows well in Alice Springs NT. Whilst many in gardens, the street verge and along the highway may have been planted, you can also see them growing wild popping up among other wildflowers around Alice Springs and beyond.

For the keen observer, you may notice that on occasion, other varieties of Sturt’s Desert Pea that either do not have the black boss of the recognised form, and even the white form that will appear as if out of nowhere.

Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa), Alice Springs NT

Following is the Northern form of the Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa), photographed in the garden area of the Araluen Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs. You can see that it does not have the black boss of the typical Sturt’s Desert Pea.

The following white form of the Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) appeared along a street verge in Alice Springs.


Alice Springs FloraAnnual Yellowtop Fork-leaf Corkwood Ghost Gum Native Bluebell Rat’s Tail Striped Mintbush Sturt’s Desert Pea Weeping Bottlebrush