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Old 03-25-2017, 10:58 PM
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What is it?


i was out and about today with my family and we came across this plant I've never seen before. The leaves are maybe the size of a quarter or a little bigger, they grow up the branches in pairs across from each other, and they are soft and velvety. The seed pods are soft and fuzzy too. They kept these trimmed in a full, thick hedge about 3-4 feet tall, so there weren't many flowers, but I found a cluster on the side that my son got a picture of for me. I'm wishing now that I had felt the flowers too to see if they were fuzzy too. Any ideas?


Some blooms


The seed pods and seeds
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:57 AM
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Hi Sherie - what you have found is Sophora tomentosa, I believe.
It goes by a few "common" names, including "silver bush" (due to that hairy foliage, I expect)
and "necklace pod", because of how those seed pods sort of resemble a string of beads.
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:08 AM
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Thank you Zuzu! Those seed pods were hard to resist, and I'm always excited to find something new to try to grow.
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