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Plant of the Week: Amicia Zygomeris

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

Amicia zygomeris (20/10/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Amicia zygomeris (20/10/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Late summer to autumn

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 2.5m

Eventual Spread: 2.5m

Hardiness: 7b – 9b

Family: Fabaceae

Subfamily: Faboideae

Amicia zygomeris is a large, upright, deciduous, woody perennial. Its light glaucous green leaves are bi pinnate, composed of two heart shaped leaflets. Its half moon shaped bracts are green and purple and appear at the leaf axis. Its yellow flowers are large and pea like.

Amicia zygomeris, commonly known as Yoke Leaved Amicia or Gotta Pea, is native to the Mexico mountains.

The etymological root of the binomial name Amicia is named after Giovanni Battista Amici (1786 – 1863), an Italian astronomer. Zygomeris is derived from the Greek zugos meaning ‘yolk’ and meris meaning ‘part’.

Amicia zygomeris Bract (20/10/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Amicia zygomeris Bract (20/10/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Amicia zygomeris useful as an unusual specimen perennial.

Ecologically, Amicia zygomeris is attractive to some pollinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Amicia zygomeris their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Amicia zygomeris prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Amicia zygomeris requires little maintenance.

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