Family : Fabaceae
Silver Bush is an open shrub growing to about 4 metres. It has a compound leaf with up to 19 oval leaflets to 2.5 cm long. These are soft, velvet like and silvery grey.
Flowers are seen as sprays of lemon yellow pea flowers on crowded stalks. The fruit are long pods up to 15 cm and have very distinctive constrictions between the seeds. The pods are covered in short dense hairs and contain several seeds. Pods release seeds when ripe and these can float in water to new, suitable locations for germination.
This is a hardy shrub that is resistant to salt sprays and likes a lot of sun. It does not do well with frost and needs good drainage soils. Silver Bush grows densely and can suppress weeds. The silver leaves and yellow flowers are highly ornamental.
|Flowers||December to July|
|Fruit||May to January|
|Coastal Zone||Dune Crest - Hind Dune|
|Soils||Well Drained Soils|
|Amount of Sun||Full Sun|
|Amount of Water||Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Moderately Tolerant|
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