Seeing a picture of the clustered seedpods of Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) put it at the top of my must-try list. I was happy to discover that it has other garden-worthy features, including feathery, twice-compound leaves composed of tiny, light green leaflets along with small but interesting, fluffy, white flowers. Usually reaching 3 to 5 feet tall, the entire plant looks like a giant version of sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica), the delightful plant that folds up its leaves when you touch them. Though several sources say that Illinois bundleflower will do the same thing, my plants didn’t—and not for lack of me trying! Native to much of the U.S., mostly east of the Rocky Mountains. Full sun. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.
Harvested in September and October 2020. At least 15 seeds.
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