Red Flowers Bright Might Be A Garden's Deeelite - Kennedia eximia

|Kennedia eximia floral profile|

|Kennedia eximia floral profile|

Hold the phone!  It looks like we've got ourselves a five alarm floral fantasy in full effect!  Have you ever seen such spicy flare?!  Well, only recently did I come across this pea-flowering vine with its brilliant blast of electrical red blooms.  Where are my manners?  Let me introduce you to Kennedia eximia.  The genus Kennedia come to us from Australia.  This particular species does not have a common name however the species name eximia means distinguished, excellent, or extraordinary.  This is definitely the case for Kennedia eximia and its stunning show of stop-you-in-your-tracks flowers.

|Kennedia eximia flower, foliage, and fruit|

|Kennedia eximia flower, foliage, and fruit|

Kennedia eximia is a prostrate trailing plant that can be utilized as a groundcover or vine.  It produces wrinkled, trifoliolate (leaves of three) foliage on tough, twining stems that can reach around 6 feet or so in length.  In late winter and early spring the carpet of foliage this plant produces explodes with a bright red ruckus of plucky pea-like flowers.  Flowering continues through spring into summer and sporadically throughout the year.  Following flowering, groovy green pea-like pods are produced that turn a rich red as they mature.  The combo of flowers and pods is really sumptuous.  Kennedia eximia grows well in full sun or light shade, can tolerate most soil situations, likes regular moisture, and thrives best when temperatures don't fall below 30 degrees fahrenheit/-1 degrees celsius. It works well in a rock garden situation, cascading down slopes, and spilling over retaining walls not to mention as an exotic screening vine that kicks out some seriously vibrant color come spring.  This is the type of vine that sets my plant lovin' soul on fiya!