Podalyria sericea R.Br.

Frost-tender spreading shrub with obovate leaves, to 2cm long, covered with silvery hairs ageing to gold, and solitary, fragrant, pea-like lavender–blue to lavender-pink flowers, to 1cm across, from autumn to spring.  To 90cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The Podalyria sericea is not an uncommon shrub in our greenhouses, and recommends itself by its fine silky foliage; but does not very often blossom: when it does so, it is always, as far as we have seen, in the winter months, from November to February.  Native of the Cape of Good-Hope.  Propagated by cuttings.  Communicated by our friends Messrs. Loddiges and Sons.’  [BM t.1923/1817]. 

Introduced to Britain in 1778.  [JD].  LBC no.1442/1830.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.768/1843].  Loddiges’ nursery is the likely source.


Published Dec 24, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:39 PM

Shown are obovate leaves and solitary, axillary, pea-like lavender?blue flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1923, 1817.

Podalyria sericea R.Br. | BM t.1923/1817 | BHL

More details about Podalyria sericea R.Br.
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Podalyria sericea

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