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Clianthus puniceus

Common name lobster claw; kaka beak
Family fabaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers pink
Size 3-5'
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil; drought-tolerant
From seed Scarify seed, then germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Fast-growing small shrub from New Zealand. I grew this once as an annual, the first year I started my own plants from seed in Pennsylvania, and was impressed by its intricately shaped flowers – but didn't try again until after I moved to Houston, where this plant should actually be hardy. Although white-flowered cultivars exists, the plain species has rich pink flowers, offset by attractive glossy pinnate foliage.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '18/'19 exchange. Scarified with sandpaper, baggy 70F (100%G, 8-21d). Sufficiently scarified seed swells after a few days, and produces a radicle several days later
  2. Same seed as above. Scarified with sandpaper, baggy 70F (72%G, 7-10d). Germinated seeds subject to quick rot in baggy

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