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Chorizema cordatum

This is the most widely cultivated of the genus and can be found in good native nurseries. The unbelievably fluorescent orange flowers will brighten your garden after winter and it will also spot flower throughout the year. It prefers moist but well-drained soils with dappled shade or partial sun - and does well in containers. Regular pruning after flowering will extend the life of the plant. 

Common nameHeart-leaved flame pea
Scientific nameChorizema cordatum Lindl

Genus: possibly from the Greek, chorizo, I separate, and nema, a thread, referring to the free filaments of the flower.

Species: Latin, cordis, heart, referring to the heart-shaped leaves.

DistributionFrom the forests of south-western Western Australia.
Native habitatIt generally occurs on gravelly or loamy soils near granite or laterite outcrops, along watercourses, and in winter-wet flats.
DescriptionA small scrambling shrub with orange flowers.
Flowering/fruitingFlowers mainly in spring, but can spot flower at other times.
Location in gardenIt can be found in our Big Idea Garden.
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