Kennedia rubicunda

Dusky coral pea

Family: Fabaceae

Origin: Australia

Close up of dusky coral pea flowers.
Dark red pea flowers are produced winter to spring and are followed by pods.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • National Pest Plant Accord Species
  • Whole region — Sustained control

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General description

Scrambling perennial leguminous vine. Stems are often hairy. Leaves are comprised of three leaflets less than 10 cm long and often hairy. Flowers are dark red/purple, pea-shaped and held in clusters in August – December. Pods are less than 10 cm long and borne in spring – summer.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell dusky coral pea. As dusky coral pea is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant dusky coral pea within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any dusky coral pea on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.


Open habitats, forest margins, roadsides, banks.


Seeds dispersed by gravity and water. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Impact on environment

Smothers native vegetation, particularly in open or forest edge habitat.


Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out.

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds.

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill.


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications: Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel.

Basic Growsafe certified: Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 1g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water.

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user: Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant.

Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Close up of dusky coral pea tree.
Dusky coral pea grows quickly and can smother native species.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
Close up of the long pods of dusky coral pea.
It has hairy pods 50-100 mm long.
Photo credit: Antonie van den Bos,
Close up of dusky coral pea flowers.
It has burnt-orange flowers.
Photo credit: Antonie van den Bos,