Pediomelum canescens 'Santa Rosa'
Item #: 9978
Zones: 6a to 9b, possibly colder
Height: 30" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Origin: United States
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
(aka: Psoralea canescens) Pediomelum canescens is a virtually unknown Southeastern US native (southeastern Virginia to Florida), despite being a close cousin of the better known baptisia. We're hoping a few of you will be willing to give it a try despite it not showing up in any of your basic books on garden worthy native plants. For us, Pediomelum canescens forms a 2.5' tall x 2.5' wide clump, comprised of a few heavily-branched stalks ending in flower spikes, whose small flowers are blue in bud, later opening creamy white. Our offerings are nursery propagated from an original seed-grown specimen from Santa Rosa County, Florida, where it grows in prairies and open woodlands on sandy soils. Because it forms an underground starchy tuber that was eaten by Early American Indian and European settlers, it's known as Eastern prairie-turnip.