Region: Southern California
Rewarding, beautiful shrub that became a showstopper in my front yard this season.
I bought a one-gallon about two years ago for my new landscape in southern Calif and planted it in full sun. It took a turn the first few months, and I cut it back to merely a solitary stick or two no taller than perhaps a foot. It certainly wasn’t very attractive for the front, but I kept the faith. Today my shrub could pass for the one in the photo. It’s probably under five feet and more wide than tall.
The shrub was a tremendous delight at its peak in the spring. It grew long, strong branches that gracefully curved downward, seemingly weighted by the hefty clusters of lovely little bluish/periwinkle flowers exploding everywhere. The flowers were extremely abundant throughout the branches which helped make this shrub a focal point to any neighbors passing by the house.
I like the little green leaves. The leaves are straight needles like a pine, but you can slide your hand down the branches because the leaves are soft. We have often referred to this shrub as the “pine that’s not a pine” because it’s always reminded us of one.
In addition to its beauty, the novelty is the scent. No kidding, it really does smell like grape soda and with a perfume quality when it’s blooming. That adds to the interest and fun.
We have not provided any special care other than a little light pruning to any branches growing too long. When we are spraying flowers in the yard with “Miracle food,” we will give the blue pea a drink as well. It has not required much water so we hold back. It’s happy.
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