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Lessertia frutescens

Synonym(s) Sutherlandia frutescens
Common name balloon pea
Family fabaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z11)
Flowers red
From seed soak in warm water, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Tender, must be grown as an annual - but it looks to be quite striking, so if it blooms first year, it will be worth it.
Update: I lost track of these in late spring, and never saw them bloom...

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 T&M '04, via trade. Poured hot water over seeds, let soak for a few hours. Baggy 70F (6w; 67%G, 3-13d)

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