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Crotalaria agatiflora

Canary bird bush

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Features

  • BloomsApril to November
  • Height1.5m to 2.5m
  • Spread1m to 2.5m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow-green and purple
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Crotalaria agatiflora (Canary bird bush). Native to the highlands of central Africa. This is a shrub of rather open habit and bears large yellow-green, pea-flowers that appear from spring until autumn. These flowers resemble little birds hence the common name. It has grey-green leaves with 3 leaflets and grows to a height of 1.5-2.5 m and spread of about 2.5 m.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

C Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 5C and will require full light with well drained soil. For a more compact habit, cut back old stems by half after flowering.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites and whitefly may be troublesome.

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