Adesmia
Adesmia horridiscula

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Adesmia (a-DES-mee-a) (Info)
Species: horridiscula

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Shrubs

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Deciduous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 7, 2006, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I saw this plant in NW Argentina growing at 12, 000 feet. It was blooming there in November and apparently blooms through December and January. In the northern hemisphere it would probably bloom in late spring-early summer, but in Argentina, it blooms as soon as the rainy season begins. There are several species of this dwarf shrub throughout the Andes. This one has wicked spines.