Sturts desert pea is a creeping plant with stems and leaves appearing soft grey due to a covering of fine hairs. The flowers stand upright on fleshy stalks, up 1-2 Ft tall. The large pea flower can be in various shades of red, with a base of deep red to purple to black.
Sturts desert pea can be found in arid woodlands and on open plains, often as an ephemeral following heavy rain. It is able to withstand temperature extremes in inland deserts, and light frosts are tolerated by established plants.
A protected species in South Australia, Sturts desert pea flowers and plants must not be collected on private land without the written consent of the owner.