Balloon Pea, Cancer Bush, Duckplant

Lessertia frutescens

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lessertia (Less-SER-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: frutescens (froo-TESS-enz) (Info)
Synonym:Colutea frutescens
Synonym:Sutherlandia frutescens

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

Unknown - Tell us

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Los Angeles, California

Portland, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 6, 2017, paerie_moon from Portland, OR wrote:

I grew this plant in Portland, Oregon. It didn't flower, but is still alive and I kept it outside until December here. The rain has been allowing for a lot of growth.

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