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Sophora viciifolia

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourPurple-white
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Sophora viciifolia. This is a bushy or spreading deciduous shrub with pinnate leaves and oval grey-green leaflets. In late spring and early summer, this produces terminal racemes of small pea-like, purplish white flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Interest and use

Grown for their habit, foliage and clusters of flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

These are generally adaptable plants that thrive under a wide range of conditions. They will prefer moist, well-drained soil in sun or partial-shade. You can propagate from seeds or cuttings.

Propagation

Seed in autumn; semi-evergreens may also be raised from softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

In Australia and New Zealand caterpillars of the kowhai moth can defoliate plants in summer.

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