Balloon pea Sutherlandia frutescens

balloon pea


S. frutescens is an evergreen shrub with slender stems bearing pinnate, grey-green leaves with narrowly oblong leaflets, and racemes of bright red, pea-like flowers 3-5cm in length, followed by pink-tinged, bladdery seed capsules to 5cm in length

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      balloon pea duck plant Cape bladder senna see more

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Foliage type


    • Height

      1-1.5 metres

    • Spread

      0.5-1 metres

    • Hardiness zones


  • sunLight

    Full Sun

  • scissorsPruning

    group 8. May require restrictive pruning in late winter when grown under glass

  • bambooSoil

    SoilChalk, Loam, Sand

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Hardiness zone

      Wall-side Borders Patio & Container Plants Mediterranean Climate Plants City & Courtyard Gardens

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propagate by seed sown at 15°C in spring or strike semi-hardwood cuttings in summer, both with bottom heat

  • insectPests

    Earwigs and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem

  • microbeDiseases

    Generally disease free