Monday, February 29, 2016

Class of 2016 -- Polanisia dodecandra, redwhisker clammyweed

Redwhisker clammyweed, Polanisia dodecandra, photo by Jim Pisarowicz via Wikimedia Commons

Why I'm growing Polanisia dodecandra in my garden...

1) Although it is not really native to Tennessee (though there is a waif population in the state), it is considered native throughout much of the U.S. including neighboring states such as Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky.

2) Scott Woodbury at Missouri Botanical Garden says this Cleome relative can bloom non-stop from July through September, attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbird clearwing moths.

3) Like partridge pea, Polanisia dodecandra is an annual plant, but Woodbury says it can persist in a garden for many years by reliably self-sowing.

4) Woodbury also calls P. dodecandra drought tolerant and says it can adapt to a wide range of soils and drainage conditions.

5) How could anyone not want to grow a plant called 'redwhisker clammyweed'? :)

Do you grow redwhisker clammyweed? If so, what has been your experience with this plant?