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Amicia zygomeris

Amicia zygomeris is also known as the Yoke-leaved Amicia or Gotta Pea. It is part of the Fabaceae family of plants. It is native to Mexico.

Amicia zygomeris was named after Giovanni Battista Amici (1786-1863), an Italian physicist. The name is from Greek, Zugos meaning yolk and meris meaning part. It is a wood-based deciduous perennial. It is a medium-sized upright shrub. The foliage is heart-shaped and in pairs. They are bright to medium green. The stems are hairy, green sometimes purplish. And they are hollow.

Amicia zygomeris produces green and purple bracts. The flowers are yellow and pea-like. They appear in short racemes in late summer and early autumn. Amicia zygomeris grows to about 2.5m or 8ft tall. It spreads to 1m or 3ft.

Amicia zygomeris
Amicia zygomeris at Kew Garden, London, UK

Plant Amicia zygomeris in the sun or partial shade. Grow it in moist, fertile but well-drained soil. Shelter it from strong wind. Mulch it in colder climates to protect it from the cold. It is hardy to -10ºC or 14ºF.

Usually, Amicia zygomeris regenerates from the base if there is a frost. Propagate Amicia zygomeris from seed, cuttings, or root basal cuttings. The best time for softwood cuttings is in summer. It is a soft-leaved plant, so try to do the cuttings fast before the leaves wilt. Amicia zygomeris is generally disease-free. However, watch out for slugs and snails.

Amicia zygomeris
Amicia zygomeris

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