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Hedysarum coronarium

Hedysarum coronarium
French honeysuckle
Common name French honeysuckle
Family fabaceae
Life cycle perennial/biennial (Z4-9)
Flowers red (spring)
Size 3'
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil, preferably low fertility and alkaline
From seed direct-sow in spring
detailed seed-starting info below

For some reason I was under the impression that this was an annual, so I waited for it to bloom all year. When it hadn't by late November, I looked it up again, and sure enough, it's a perennial (or biennial).
It did return the next year. The rabbits appear to favor it, so only a few survived their browsing. By mid-June, it was seriously starting to consider bursting into flower.

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 '04 trade. Direct-sowed, yielded a nice crop of seedlings

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