Colutea x media

Photos courtesy of (left) 阿橋 HQ & (right) Wendy Cutler

Gorgeous golden pea blossoms make way for eye-catching seed pods on this deciduous shrub from Southern Europe. Grows quickly to a lush 7’x7’ with attractive grayish-green pinnate leaves. From Spring thru Summer, it produces innumerable 1” blooms. The flowers’ lightly veined orange upper petals each feature a yellow eye in the center, with a deeper orange petal below. Fascinating, 3” long, pink or purple-blushed, pale green, plump pods follow. Surprisingly tough, it adapts well to poor soils (so long as they’re well-drained), doesn’t require nutrient-rich conditions, and is drought tolerant, needing little Summer water. Makes a great focal point in the garden, especially since bees and hummingbirds will come calling once it begins blooming. Combines well with other shrubs. Deer resistant.

Curious Plantsman

Low Water

Perennial Shrub
USDA zones 5-10