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Kennedia beckxiana 'Flamboyant'

Flamboyant kennedia

Evergreen, twining vine.  Glossy dark green foliage.  Large brick-red flowers with a greenish-yellow blotch at the base in spring-summer.  

'Flamboyant' is part of the Koala Blooms program.  This plant introduction program is a joint venture between the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum, selected nursery growers in California and growers in Australia.  Plants are initially imported to the Arboretum from Australia and are trialed in the garden.  Selections are made and these plants undergo trials by the wholesale nurseries participating in the program.  In this collaborative effort, many impressive Australian plants are evaluated for their beauty, durability in landscape situations and sturdiness with regards to drought, weather extremes and variations in soil types.  Out of this trialing process new plants are selected and offered for sale to the public.  When you purchase a Koala Blooms plant, a portion of the profit goes to the USCS Arboretum to help support their gardens.  Another portion of the profits goes back to the growers in Australia who selected or developed the plants.

Cape Arid Climber is a fast-growing twining vine.  It bears eye-catching, large, brick-red pea flowers with a greenish-yellow blotch at the base in spring through early summer.

Grow Flamboyant in a sunny or lightly shaded location.  It's fairly tolerant of most soil types including clay.  However, it doesn't want to be in soil that's water-logged for extended periods of time. 

Flamboyant will scramble up a fence, trellis post or nearby shrubs.  It'll probably look better, though, if you give it some encouragement by tying in the stems as they grow upwards.

Flamboyant can also be grown as a ground cover.


8-10 ft


8-10 ft


8-10 ft

Kennedia beckxiana 'Flamboyant' Characteristics


  • Evergreen
  • Fast-growing

Flower color

  • Red / Burgundy / Maroon

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Climbing


  • Light or dappled shade
  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Morning sun

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Spring
  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Sandy loam
  • Clay-loam
  • Loam
  • Clay

Water requirements

  • None - Low


  • Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania