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' 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?!