Anagyris foetida, or the Mediterranean Stinkbush, is a large shrub that grows between 5-10 feet tall. Native to the Mediterranean region, it forms a small, oval or round shaped shrub crowned by a tightly branched dome. Bright yellow or orange flowers bloom in the spring and give way to the distinctive backward curving seed pods. When its leaves are crushed, they emit a sharp and unpleasant odor, hence the name Stinkbush.
This plant is incredibly hardy and can tolerate intense full sun and moderate watering. Once mature, the Mediterranean Stinkbush can withstand cold down to at least 30 degrees Fahrenheit for a short time and is hardy in USDA Zone 9.
In addition to its resilient properties, the Mediterranean Stinkbush has been used as an ethnomedicinal plant. It is said to have anti-inflammatory and anti-diuretic properties due to its acidic and bitter compounds. The plant can, however, be toxic and should not be consumed in any form.
When grown in a pot, the Mediterranean Stinkbush is best suited for a cold climate. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Water the soil to keep it lightly moist, allowing it to dry out between waterings. Fertilizing regularly during the growing season and providing protection from extreme cold weather will help this plant thrive and reach its full size. Prune in late winter or early spring, focusing on removing dead or weak branches.