Plant Care Desert Pea

Desert Pea

Also known as

Glory Pea, Lobster Claw, Sturt's Desert Pea, Sturt's desert-pea, desert-pea and glory-pea


Swainsona formosa

How to care for Desert Pea

💦 Water

How often to water your Desert Pea

Water needs for Desert Pea
0.5 cups
every 9

Desert Pea needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Desert Pea in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Pea: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Desert Pea may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Desert Pea in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Desert Pea

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Desert Pea: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Desert Pea after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Desert Pea

Desert Pea

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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