• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy, Fragrant Flowers
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:so-FOH-ra see-kun-di-FOH-li-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:8 - 16, 18 - 24
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Blue
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
    Design IdeasA lovely small tree, sometimes multi-trunked, that can be used in the sunny patio or at a front entryway where its fragrant spring blossoms can be used to full effect.
    Companion PlantsVerbena (Verbena); Rock Rose (Cistus); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Lantana (Lantana)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average to lean, loose, fast-draining, slightly alkaline soil with gravel mulch. Water regularly during first few growing seasons to establish the root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates seasonal drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune annually to maintain desired size and form.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This plant is native to a large range of the desert southwest including Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico. Its genus was named from the Arabic for pea-shaped flowers. Slow growth means plants are more expensive.
    Lore:
    This tree was known in its region as the mescal bean or frijolito, although the bean like seeds were never eaten by Native Americans who preferred to use them as decorative beads.