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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


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