Shrub- Wand Holdback

  • Hoffmannseggia microphylla photo by Matthew High
    Common Name: Wand Holdback

    Botanical Name: Hoffmannseggia microphylla
    (previously Caesalpinia virgata)

    Family: Fabaceae

    Description: Deciduous, native to dry desert areas in California

    Sun: Full sun

    Water: Little required

    Soil: Sandy or gravelly; good drainage

    Habit and form: Twiggy shrub up to 6 feet tall that produces many slender wand-like stems with few leaves

    Flower type: Flower spike at tips of stems

    Flower color & bloom season: Red-streaked yellow flowers which turn red with age. Forms legume-like pods. Flowers from February through May

    Pruning time & method: Prune during winter months