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More Information About Sophora

Sophora is a cosmopolitan genus of 45-60 mainly shrubs or trees in the pea family (Fabaceae) with many ornamental species. At least one species, Sophora flavescens, is herbaceous instead of woody. Sophora species are widely used in traditional medicine, but we grow them just for their good looks. Like all plants in the family Fabaceae, sophora produces seed pods containing beans/peas. Sophora beans are sometimes fairly large, brightly colored and when dried can be used to make rosaries.

Most Sophora species have compound leaves with small leaflets that give the plant a fine texture. Sophora plants produce upright, racemous clusters of wisteria-like flowers that are sometimes quite fragrant. Generally, sophora species live in dry, woodland or rocky locales and prefer hot conditions. When you are ready to buy sophora for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online offering of herbaceous sophora for sale.