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Plant of the day: Purple Coral Pea or Happy Wanderer

Coral Pea

Coral pea is a flowering plant species belonging to the pea family Fabaceae. It is native to Australia from Queensland to Tasmania. The plant is a vigorous evergreen climber growing as subshrub bearing typical pea like flowers usually violet, pink and white. Leaves are hard, dark green and leathery with prominent venation. It is a widespread species which is found in many habitats.

Sweeten up your afternoon tea with the Purple Coral Pea. This climbing species is well known for its vividly coloured, pea-shaped petals – but did you know the leaves are edible? You can crush and boil the leaves to make a tea similar in taste to green tea. Who wants a cuppa?

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