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PlantFiles: Mountain Cancer Bush
Lessertia montana

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lessertia (Less-SER-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: montana (MON-tah-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Sutherlandia montana

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral airplaneantonym On Apr 4, 2011, airplaneantonym from North Dartmouth, MA wrote:

I imagine it's named Cancer Bush due to it's flowers' resemblance to a crab claw, as in the Cancer Astrological Sign

Neutral helenc123 On Apr 4, 2011, helenc123 from Augusta, GA wrote:

Hi! I found this scientific evidence that the plant can cure anything but to me that doesn't matter, it's really neat reading about other cultures and their own beliefs. Hope this is helpful. :)
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Neutral adeanaz On Apr 4, 2011, adeanaz from Tucson, AZ wrote:

Can anyone tell me why this is called Mountain Cancer Bush? Has it be used for treating cancer or is there some other reason for this? Thanks in advance!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garden Grove, California
Richmond, California

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