Desert Pea Red Flower

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Desert Pea Red Flower

Desert Pea Red Flower

It is delicate to cultivate, but if treated carefully, its successive produce of exquisite flowers makes it a rewarding and worthy plant to grow. It can be used in pots on a sunny patio or as a temporary flowering house plant in place of a short-lived bunch of flowers. If you pick the flowers as they first open they will last approximately thirty days in water.
This weird, wonderful flower is quite the evolutionary produce, surviving and thriving in dry, arid climates. The blood-red petals with their bulbous, purplish-black middles make these flowers look more like aliens. Perhaps that’s why the Desert Pea is one of Australia’s best-known and most recognized wildflowers. But just because it happens to be one of the most famous wildflowers in Australia doesn’t mean you can go around and start picking it; quite the opposite in fact. The Desert Pea is a protected species, and it is illegal to collect or pick any without explicit written consent of the Australian government.
Sturt’s Desert pea. The flower is referred to as the ‘Flower of Blood’ by some Koori groups. This title comes from the legend which tells of a young woman who escaped marriage to an elderly gentleman by eloping with her younger lover. The shunned man and some of his friends tracked the couple down after some years and killed them both, as well as the relatives with whom they had lived. Sometime later, the old man returned to the place where he had slain the lovers and found the ground covered with the scarlet flowers that we know as the Sturt’s Desert pea.
Its botanical name is Swainsona formosa (previously known as Clianthus formosus). This plant commonly known as black boss, Desert pea etc……