Desmanthus illinoensis | ‘Illinois Bundleflower’ | Seeds

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Desmanthus illinoensis (‘Illinois Bundleflower’) is a shrub common to parts of the USA. Seeds.

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Desmanthus illinoensis | ‘Bundleflower’, ‘Illinois Bundle Weed’, ‘Illinois Bundleflower’, ‘Prairie Bundleflower’, ‘Prairie Mimosa’, ‘Prickleweed’ | Seeds

(syn. Acacia brachyloba, Acacia glandulosa, Acuan glandulosum, Acuan illinoense, Darlingtonia brachyloba, Darlingtonia glandulosa, Darlingtonia intermedia, Desmanthus brachylobus, Desmanthus falcatus, Mimosa brachyloba, Mimosa contortuplicata, Mimosa glandulosa, Mimosa illinoensis)

We’re pleased to offer this quality Desmanthus illinoensis seed, harvested by our supplier in 2018.

Desmanthus illinoensis is a shrubby, perennial plant which is common to parts of mid-western America, with deep-green leaves and brown fruit. Commonly called by names such as ‘Bundleflower’, ‘Illinois Bundle Weed’, ‘Illinois Bundleflower’, ‘Prairie Bundleflower’, ‘Prairie Mimosa’ and ‘Prickleweed’, illinoensis speedily grows large roots, which tend to turn tougher and more woody as they age. It’s a nitrogen-fixing species (forming a symbiotic relationship with Rhizobium bacteria), which naturally prefers to grow in/on loamy and/or limestone glades and meadows, prairies, railway sidings, rocky slopes and plains and sandy shores and levees. Plants of this species have sometimes been reported to grow for as many as six years or more.

Proving it’s not just cacti that get shifted around lots by taxonomists, this is one of those species with a bewildering number of synonyms, including Acacia brachyloba, Acacia glandulosa, Acuan glandulosum, Acuan illinoense, Darlingtonia brachyloba, Darlingtonia glandulosa, Darlingtonia intermedia, Desmanthus brachylobus, Desmanthus falcatus, Mimosa brachyloba, Mimosa contortuplicata, Mimosa glandulosa and Mimosa illinoensis. It’s closest relatives include the very rare Desmanthus leptolobus, or ‘Prairie Bundleflower’.

This interesting species is used by humans to improve worn-out soil and as cattle feed (it’s comparatively protein-dense). It’s also a popular foodstuff with other mammalian herbivores and native gamebird species (such as the ‘Bobwhite Quail’, ‘Greater Prairie Chicken’ and ‘Ring-Necked Pheasant’. More occasional visitors include small bees and other flying insects seeking nectar and pollen.

An easy and highly rewarding plant to grow from seed, germination is improved by slight scarification and/or a twelve to twenty-four-hour soak pre-treatment. During its short growing season, it requires partial to full sun and ample moisture, with USDA Zones 5-8 being recommended for outside cultivation. Plant in a comparatively fertile, well-drained potting mix. See our Desmanthus illinoensis grow guide (in the Cultivation section of this website) for more information.



Product Details

Product Type

Seed

Amount

100 seeds

Common Name

Illinois Bundleflower

Family

Genus

Species

Year Harvested

2018

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