Sutherlandia : Greenhouse Plants

FF – frost free only / C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F)

Family: Leguminosae

South Africa

Sutherlandia frutescens is an unusual small shrubby plant with very delicate rather insubstantial pinnate foliage. In summer it produces vivid red claw-shaped flowers which are followed by curious inflated seed pods rather similar to Colutea. These 5-cm (2-in) long pods start off green but go paler and acquire a pink tinge. Plants will require vigorous pruning after seed has been harvested Otherwise they become straggly. Cuttings root easily in spring and summer but seed can be sown at 15-18°C (60-65°F) after being soaked for three hours.

01. August 2013 by admin
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