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Desmanthus illinoensis – Illinois Bundleflower (plant)

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A member of the Fabaceae family, Desmanthus illinoensis is a perennial legume growing to 1 metre tall. Deciduous plant which dies back to a hardy rootstock in winter and shoots forth again in spring. Pretty flowers in summer. Fern like compound leaves.

The root bark of D. illinoensis has been used as a rich source of tryptamines. More info at Erowid here

Our seed is a cultivar named Sabine. Sabine is a named Desmanthus illinoensis cultivar originally collected from a natural stand near Crystal Beach in Texas. “It was selected from among many collections in an evaluation block at the Knox City, Texas Plant Materials Center for its forage abundance, seed production, and ability to take up nitrogen”.

Care and Cultivation of Desmanthus illinoensis

Full sun and well-drained soil. Desmanthus illinoensis is frost tolerant once established. Can grow in areas with annual rainfall of 380mm+, so is well drought tolerant.

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