Sturt’s Desert Pea

Spectacular red flowering, desert living Sturt's Desert Pea or Ngooringa photographed in a sandy location.
Sturt’s Desert Pea flowers, a native of all mainland Australian states with the exception of Victoria.

Swainsona formosa or Sturt’s Desert Pea.

Sturt’s Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa, or if you prefer the indigenous name Ngooringa, is a striking wild flowering plant native to each mainland state of Australia except Victoria.

The flower of Swainsonia formosa is generally a vibrant red with a contrasting black boss (centre). But there are many variations, including a naturally occurring white flower and many natural hybrids ranging from pink to pale reds and even a cream-coloured flower.

Sturt's Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa or the indigenous name Ngoooringa, spectacular red flowering desert plant, this one with ruby red centre.
Sturt’s Desert Pea flower with ruby red centre instead of the normal black.

The centres also vary in colour from dull reddish browns to deep glossy black. Sturt’s Desert Pea is usually a prostrate plant. However, there are reports of plants growing up to two metres tall in Western Australia.

Flowering from Spring to Summer, the most spectacular occurrences happen after heavy rain. That isn’t a surprise, as this Australian native plant prefers dry inland semi-arid regions.

Swainsona formosa is the floral emblem for South Australia. It has been a favourite of artists and photographers for many years. For tourists who venture into more remote parts of Australia’s inland, spotting large patches of brilliant red flowers in the desert is a joy.

A creatively cropped photo of a Sturt's Desert Pea with rain drops on it.
Sturt’s Desert Pea flowers, covered in rain drops with a creative crop and selective focus applied.

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Masses of Sturt's Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa flowering near broken Hill, NSW Australia.
Swainsona formosa or more commonly known as Sturts Desert Pea, or Ngooringa, grows in arid and semi- arid regions of all Australian main land states with the exception of Victoria. The flower is the Floral emblem of South Australia.

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Welcome to Excitations Australia. This website is the hub for all Excitations websites. If we produce any content or product, you will find directions to the best website in our group right here.
We are a small family business. Our studio is on the banks of the Murray River near Mildura, in a small locality called Yelta.

For us, it is a lifestyle choice. Yelta was once a thriving river settlement serving the paddle steamer trade. The town boasted several pubs, accommodation houses and businesses.
Today, Yelta is a collection of residential buildings, farms and work-from-home operations like ours.

What is it we do?

Excitations Australia is primarily involved in image content creation. We have operated for 40 years and, during that time, provided photo and video services across a wide area of southeastern Australia.
Most of our clients will know us as a wedding portrait studio. However, our other services may be unfamiliar to you.
For many years, we supplied film, video and photography services to national and regional news services—created advertising content for television, newspaper and magazine use. And provide stock photos to agencies worldwide.

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At Excitations Australia, we take pride in our personalised service and decades of experience in the industry. We love Australia and everything it has to offer.
Our team is committed to providing the best possible service to our customers, and we are always here to help you with any questions or concerns.
Excitations Australia takes pride in providing personalised service to our customers. We have an in-house designer, photographer, and videographer for creative projects who are skilled and experienced. We know every project is unique, so we tailor our approach to meet each client’s needs.

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