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Chorizema

Flame Pea

Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

These 2–5-ft.-tall Australian evergreens produce showy clusters of sweet pea-shaped flowers in a blend of orange and purplish red, late winter through spring. A lighter crop often blooms in fall. Fast growing, with slender, graceful branches. Let them spill over walls or banks, or out of containers. To keep them compact, pinch regularly and cut back after flowering. Hardy to 24°F (–4°C).

Chorizema cordatum (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Chorizema cordatum (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Chorizema cordatum

Grows to 3–5 ft. tall and wide. Dark green leaves with small, prickly teeth along the edges; red, orange, and yellow flowers. Sometimes erroneously sold as C. ilicifolium.

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