Native Sarsaparilla is a common prostate or twining vine much loved for its purple pea flowers that bloom in winter and spring. It is an ideal ground cover for a sunny area of about one to two metres per plant.
Alternatively use it as a climber on a vertical landscaping feature such as a wire trellis. Native Sarsparilla will climb on other bushes but being a weak climber it is unlikely to do any damage. Plant it next to a yellow wattle that flowers at the same time for a complimentary colour scheme.
A versatile, hardy plant, that grows fast in well-drained acidic soils, and is moderately drought tolerant. It attracts birds, the Common Grass-Blue Butterfly, and grows from cuttings from current season’s growth. Well worth finding a corner in your garden to plant this one.
The purple pea flower and long dark leaves of Native Sasparilla team well with clumps of Yellow Buttons (Chrysocephalum apiculatum) that have a blue grey small soft leaf.
False Sasparilla is a weak climber that will not damage this Acacia longissima which allows it to go vertical.
This article is part of our Gardening with natives series.