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Sophora tomentosa – Silver Bush (seed)


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Sophora tomentosa, also known as Necklacepod, Yellow Necklacepod, and Silver bush, is a pantropical shrub or small tree in the family Fabaceae. It commonly ranges in height from 4 to 10 feet and often occurs in coastal conditions and near wetlands. The common name Necklacepod is derived from the characteristic string of seed pods that develop after its yellow flowers germinate into seeds (from Wikipedia). A useful drought and salt tolerant bush for landscaping. Considered an endangered species in several Australian states.

The plant and seeds are considered diuretic, stomachic, sudorific, purgative and febrifuge. The seeds are dangerously emetocathartic due to the cytisine-like alkaloid that is released. Contains an alkaloid that is identical to cytisine, a powerful purgative.

Care and Cultivation

Seed coat needs to be nicked to promote germination. Alternatively pour just boiled water over seeds and let stand overnight. Plant directly into a good seed raising mix. Plant 1 – 2cm under the surface in full sun. Keep moist until germination.

Prefers a loam/gravel soil. Well drained soil, fast growing and hardy. Likes a full sun position and is tolerant of dry and saline conditions.

10 seeds per packet


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