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Binomial Name:  Sophora tomentosa

 

Common Name: Necklacepod

 

Family:  FABACEAE 

 

Leaves:  Leaves are soft (tomentose - finely hairy), silver, ovate leaflets highly tactile

 

Stem/Trunk: Upright shrub form with multiple branches

 

Flower:  Yellow pendulous pea flowers

 

Fruit: A long bean givijng it the name necklacepod

 

Flowering Period:  Winter

 

Height: 3 to 5 metres

 

Width:  1 metre 

 

Habit:  Soft shrub 

 

Aspect:  Full sun, protected from strong winds 

 

Soil Type:  Sandy soils or soils with drainage (mound up if on clay). Does well in large pots

 

Soil pH:  Prefers neutral soil 6.0 to 7.0

 

Fertiliser Treatment: Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benenfits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug

 

Mulch:  Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness

 

Root System:  Contained. Not invasive

 

Drought Tolerant:  Once established provided planted in the correct full sun microclimate

 

Frost Tolerant:  Moderately but does best in coastal areas on sandy soil

 

Salt Wind Tolerant:  Yes

 

Fire Response:  Yes. Cool fires only

 

Host Requred:  No

 

Fast Growing:  Moderate 

 

Gardens:  Native gardens,  medicinal gardens, sensory gardens (foliage)

 

Natural Occurrence:  Port Macquarie to Fraser Island Coast, coastal Northern Territory. Endangered in all occurrences. Pantropical. 


Known Plant Associations:  Coastal sand dune species, Carpobrotus glaucescens, Scaevola calendulaceae, Ipomea pes-caprae, Spinfex sericeus

 

Known Fauna Associations:  Nectar feeding birds, hummingbird habitat plant in California

 

Other Information:  Many cultural uses are ascribed to this plant species. Medicinal.

 

 

Sophora tomentosa (Necklacepod)

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