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Psoralea pinnata (African scurf pea, Blue pea)

Psoralea pinnata Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Psoralea pinnata sor-AL-ee-ah pin-NAY-tah Common Name: African scurf pea, Blue pea Genus: Psoralea
This short-lived shrub or small tree with feathery foliage is blanketed in late spring with fragrant, pea-shaped violet blooms with white wings. Though it is native to streamsides, scurf pea doesn't require extravagant watering and survives occasional drought. When the plants eventually die, they leave ample progeny and straight branches useful for garden stakes. Combine with azaleas and camellias, which bloom at the same time.
Noteworthy characteristics: Fragrant, profuse bloom. Self-sows. Drought tolerant. Fragrance reminds some people of grape soda.
Care: Plant in full sun or part shade and well-drained soil.
Propagation: Best by seed.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.;6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Part Shade Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Self Seeds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Late Spring; Spring
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Flowering Tree, Waterside
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest
Type Shrubs,Trees

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