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Sophora tomentosa, Yellow Necklace Pod, Silverbush

Sophora tomentosa

Yellow Necklace Pod, Silverbush
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Beautiful, loose growing shrub with yellow flowers that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Leaves are hairy and velvet, pleasant to touch. Drought tolerant. Prefers dry soil and tolerates a wide pH range. Size: 5 - 10 feet. Zone: 10a, 10b. Occurs on recent sands on frontal coastal dunes. Historic records suggest it was a fairly common plant from Port Stephens northwards. Endangered species: the largest known population at Port Macquarie is estimated at up to 500 plants, other populations are of less than 20 plants.

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