Psoralea…baptisia’s little cousin

While we’re on a theme of little-known North American natives, how about a shout out to Psoralea psoralioides…aka Sampson’s snakeroot. This delightful legume has prospered in our sunny garden for years, where it thrives, flowering over a month after it’s better known cousin, baptisia has finished.  Psoralea is native from Illinois to the Gulf Coast, so it should be widely grown by now.  Let’s have a show of hands…who has this in their garden?  Raise your hands higher…I can’t see them. 

Psoralea psoralioides Nash

Zone 6a-9b, at least. 

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