Chorizema diversifolia
“Climbing Flame Pea”

Chorizema diversifolia “Climbing Flame Pea”

Delicate twining stems bear a profusion of show-stopping hot pink & orange pea flowers among mid-green elliptical leaves in Spring. Vining (or trailing) to 4’, so it’s not going to eat your whole garden! Prefers moist, freely draining soil, but cannot tolerate boggy conditions, & can take full sun, but likes part sun better. Prune after flowering to shape & to keep the plant compact. Named by the French botanist Jacques Labillardiere, who traveled to Australia in the late 1700’s. His team of explorers would dance & rejoice every time they saw this plant & water at the same site, thus “choros” – the Greek word for dance, & “zema” the Greek word for drink. Those zany explorers! This plant would be ideal as an edging along a rock wall or in a large hanging basket, & can take some frost.

Claire Woods

USDA Zones 9-11