Tender perennial grown as an annual in the North. The 2 to 3 foot shrub will be covered with pinkish colored pea-type blossoms that produce short woody pods. While in flower, harvest the leaves to produce a beautiful blue dye. 25 seeds
Annual zone 8 and below
Germination: 14-60 days, has erratic germination. Soak seeds in water overnight to 24 hours so the seed coat swells, plant immediately.
Seed Planting Depth: 1/4"
Starting Indoors/Outdoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-75 degree soil temperatures. Use larger pots (around 3" ) or peat, cow,or paper pots( grows a delicate taproot, successful transplanting may be difficult) Transplants best when they have 2 sets of true leaves, space 24-36" apart. Sow outside in the late spring.
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average to fertile, moist but well drained
Uses: Dye plant, ornamental