Dorycnium hirsutum (astragalus)
Butterfly 13 - Western Tailed Blue

Dorycnium hirsutum (astragalus)

Description

A low growing evergreen subshrub that grows to 1 to 2 feet tall with a woody base and soft gray-white fuzzy foliage and white clover-like flowers with pinkish-red veins in the summer through fall, followed by shiny cylindrical red-brown seed pods. Plant in full sun and irrigate little to not at all – very drought tolerant in coastal gardens once established. It thrives in alkaline soils and is cold hardy and evergreen to about 20°F, but can re-sprout from temperatures possibly as low as 5 °F. Though a bit short lived in the garden, it can be cut back to flush attractive new foliage and often self sows. It is a great plant for softening the edge of a pathway or spilling over low rocks or a raised bed.

Part of the Butterfly Bed & Breakfast Project.

Product Description

A low growing evergreen subshrub that grows to 1 to 2 feet tall with a woody base and soft gray-white fuzzy foliage and white clover-like flowers with pinkish-red veins in the summer through fall, followed by shiny cylindrical red-brown seed pods. Plant in full sun and irrigate little to not at all – very drought tolerant in coastal gardens once established. It thrives in alkaline soils and is cold hardy and evergreen to about 20°F, but can re-sprout from temperatures possibly as low as 5 °F. Though a bit short lived in the garden, it can be cut back to flush attractive new foliage and often self sows. It is a great plant for softening the edge of a pathway or spilling over low rocks or a raised bed.

Part of the Butterfly Bed & Breakfast Project.