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Kowhai

Sophora prostrata

Also known as

Prostrate Kowhai, Dwarf Kowhai

IMG 7197-Sophora prostrata by C T Johansson (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

3m

1m

Min

1m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Kowhai Overview

Sophora prostrata is an evergreen shrub species in the Fabaceae family. It is native to New Zealand and has interesting zig-zagging stems and delicate little rounded leaves. Commonly known by the names Kowhai, Prostrate Kowhai or Dwarf Kowhai. Flowers are yellow and appear in the spring, they have a beaked look during their development. Sophora prostrata is half-hardy and can cope with mild frost, particularly if kept in a sheltered position, grow in full sun or partial shade and well-draining soil.

Common problems with Kowhai

How to propagate Kowhai

Cuttings

Seed in autumn; semi-evergreens may also be raised from softwood cuttings in summer.

Seed

Special features of Kowhai

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Kowhai

Grown for their habit, foliage and clusters of flowers.