Herb latin name: Colutea x media

Family: Leguminosae

Description of the plant:


3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

July to

Habitat of Colutea x media:

Not known in the wild.

Other uses of the herb:

This species has an extensive root system and is useful for planting on dry sunny banks for stabilizing the soil. Plants can be grown as a hedge.

Propagation of Colutea x media:

Seed - pre-soak for 24 hours in hot water and sow late winter in a greenhouse. Scarification can help speed up the germination process. Germination can be slow and erratic, though treated seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 20C. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. This species is a hybrid and so is unlikely to breed true from seed. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Cuttings are not very long-lived.

Cultivation of the herb:

Not known in the wild.

Medicinal use of Colutea x media:

None known

Known hazards of Colutea x media:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.