DESMANTHUS – WHEN IT RAINS THIS QUICKLY CLOSES IT’S LEAVES AND OPENS THEM AGAIN WHEN IT STOPS! $2.20

PUTS ITSELF TO BED BY FOLDING UP IT’S LEAVES AT NIGHT! WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THE PLANT THAT CLOSES WHEN YOU TOUCH IT BUT THIS IS THE NEXT BEST THING! THEY ALSO CLOSE THEIR LEAVES AT NIGHT! FASCINATING! DESMANTHUS IS ALSO VERY ATTRACTIVE AND A GREAT STOCK FEEDER!

Desmanthus stands out as a resilient perennial legume, thriving in arid conditions while offering exceptional palatability to livestock. Boasting high digestibility and protein levels, it’s a favored choice among grazers, avoiding the risk of bloat commonly associated with other forage options. With a remarkable longevity exceeding two decades in established grass pastures, it proves its enduring worth.

Although sensitive to heavy frosts, a rare occurrence in Perth where we are, over the past seven years, Desmanthus swiftly rebounds from crowns with the onset of spring rains, ensuring consistent regrowth. Its primary mission lies in enhancing both native grasslands and cultivated pastures, a role it executes admirably in trial settings, yet its full commercial promise remains untapped.

Belonging to the genus of flowering plants nestled within the mimosoid clade of the Fabaceae family, Desmanthus, its name originating from Greek roots meaning “bundle” and “flower,” encompasses approximately 24 species of herbaceous and shrubby varieties. Sporting bipinnate leaves and sharing an evening leaf-folding habit akin to Mimosa and Neptunia, it bears a visual resemblance to its botanical cousins while maintaining distinct characteristics.

Native to regions spanning from Mexico to North and South America, Desmanthus finds its place among flora kin like Leucaena and Neptunia. It’s important to note Desmanthus virgatus as the species under discussion, diverging significantly from Desmanthus illinoensis, commonly referred to as Illinois bundleflower and associated with the production of hallucinogenic beverages.

Grow Notes
Plant in full or part sun in well-draining soil.

Sow
Gently rub seeds with sandpaper or nail file to erode the strong outer coating.

Sow direct or raise seedlings in Spring or early Summer by planting 5-10mm deep.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
3-10 days at 16-20°C.

Maturity
Perennial legume.

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