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Clianthus puniceus (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Clianthus puniceus (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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Clianthus puniceus

Parrot Beak
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Evergreen, Shrubs, Vines

New Zealand native grows to 12 ft. tall and nearly as wide. It produces sprays of 3–6-in., glistening dark green leaves divided into many narrow leaflets that hang gracefully from the branches, forming an open foliage pattern. In late spring or early summer, bright red, sweet pea–shaped flowers with 3-in. keels resembling parrot beaks swing downward between the leaves. The pods that follow are 3 in. long. Forms with pink or white flowers are also available.

To display the beauty of the leaves and flowers, train as an espalier or on a support. Mix an organic soil amendment into heavy soil. Watch for slugs, snails, and spider mites.

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