I Only Want To See U In The Purple Reign

|CU Hardenbergia 'Walkabout Purple' Flowers|
|CU Hardenbergia 'Walkabout Purple' Flowers|

Ever since I've lived in California, I've noticed that come January/February from out of nowhere I start see cascades of vibrant purple color popping up here and there. When I lived in Berkeley, there was a fence by the motorway (sounds more romantic than freeway) that would be covered in the most beautiful purple blooming vine.  In late winter/early spring this captivating presence of color was a sure harbinger of spring.  This bringer of spring is called Hardenbergia 'Walkabout Purple' otherwise known as Purple Lilac Vine.  It comes to us from Eastern Australia and is a known for its stunning pea-flowers.

|Hardenbergia 'Walkabout Purple' details|

|Hardenbergia 'Walkabout Purple' details|

Hardenbergia 'Walkabout Purple' is a compact version of the Hardenbergia violacea vine.  It grows up to 3 feet tall and wide.  This vine is decked out in luscious lance-like evergreen foliage and climbs with twining stems.  In late winter, it sets a gorgeous overload of bud clusters that open into a steady shower of flowers that bring to mind the term 'purple rain'.  It likes to grow in well-draining soil in full sun.  It also becomes drought tolerant when established and can deal with temps as low as 15 degrees fahrenheit/-9 degrees celsius.  They say that the color purple symbolizes luxury, creativity, mysticism, and magic.  So why not plant Hardenbergia 'Walkabout Purple' and let its purple rain wash over you?!