Psoralea pinnata, Blue butterfly-bush, Blue Pea

Psoralea pinnata

Blue butterfly-bush, Blue Pea
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Southern Africa
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersInvasive plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant plant

Native to Southern Africa, Psoralea pinnata, otherwise known as the blue butterfly-bush, is a large shrub that can grow up to 5 to 10 feet tall. It thrives in full sun to semi-shade, with regular watering. The delicate, fragrant lavender and purple flowers that the bush produces attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Although the plant is invasive, it is also a mature plant that is cold hardy at least down to 30s F for a short period of time, and is flood tolerant. This makes it relatively easy to grow in USDA zones 8 -10.

When it comes to growing the blue butterfly-bush in a pot, it should be noted that it can be done in colder regions provided certain conditions are met. The soil should be moist at all times and the pot should be placed in a sheltered spot to prevent frost damage. A good winter mulch will also help to insulate the roots and keep them warm. If you are living in an area with cold winters, it may be best to bring the pot indoors for the duration of the winter season. By following these tips, you can be sure to enjoy the beauty of the blue butterfly-bush all year round!

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