Nitrogen-fixing leguminous perennial shrub grows to 12 feet or more.
Early settlers carried this with them as a food source.
Young pods and seeds are eaten fresh, dried seeds can be cooked like dried peas.Excellent to pull nitrogen out of the air to feed understory plants or fruit trees in a permaculture landscape. Fragrant flowers and attractive compound leaflets.
BOTANICAL NAME Caragana arborescens
Start in gallon pots for first year, then transplant. To start seeds, bring a cup of water to a boil and set it aside. Drop the seeds into the hot water and let them sock for 10 hours then plant immediately. After the plants are well established, plant them out into a permanent bed, with compost dug in.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Zones 6-9 /Height 8+'/Matures 3 yrs