Sunday, April 3, 2016

Perfect Peas

Photo credits: left  © 2016 T. Beth Kinsey
top © Matt Ball, bottom two © Ned Harris

Coursetia (aka Baby Bonnets) is the perfect pea - three for three. Note the foliage in the upper right. Line down the middle, leaf on either side; the flower has the classic banner, wings, and fused keel. And the fruit is - that's right - a pod. They were blooming in Sabino in March. Look for fruit this month.

Both photos © Ned Harris

Desert Senna also counts as a perfect pea. Foliage - check; flower - 5 petals; fruit - pod. This plant blooms nearly year round, and you can often find flowers and old fruits on the same plant at the same time.

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