Silver sweet pea bush


Silver sweet pea bush

Podalyria sericea

Scientific name

This small silvery, rounded shrub has attractive, soft shiny leaves and small, pretty pink flowers in winter which are followed by unusual swollen seed pods.

Flowers are visited by carpenter bees and many other insects.

Propagation instructions

By seed

It is best grown from seed sown in autumn or spring. Seeds germinate easily. Soaking seeds in hot water and treating with a fungicide that combats pre-and post-emergence damping off will increase the success of germination. Sow 1-2 mm deep in sandy, well-drained potting soil. Seed germinates in approximately two weeks. After germination, the seedlings should be potted up into individual bags/pots as soon as the first pair of true leaves appears, taking care to minimize root disturbance. Protect young plants from frost.

By cutting

As with most Fabaceae, growing Podalyria sericea is quite difficult from cuttings.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Image credit: Abu Shawka
Seedbank Quantity
Arundel Seedbank 250
Tin Capsule Seedbank 35
Total 285
Nursery Quantity
Nurturing for Nature Nursery 10
Total 10

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Vulnerable

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Easy to grow

It provides food for:

Honeybees/flies

Podalyria sericea is indigenous to: Cape Flats Dune Strandveld Peninsula Shale Renosterveld

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