Amicia zygomeris

Amicia zygomeris

Yoke-leaved amicia

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Amicia zygomeris
  • Common name: Yoke-leaved amicia
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Purple

Not grown as much as it should be, Amicia zygomeris is an attractive woody-based perennial native to Mexico. Despite these exotic origins, it’s hardy in the UK down to -10ºC, and should reshoot from the base if the foliage is knocked back by a hard frost.

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Its heart-shaped leaflets and purple bracts are a standout feature, but in autumn, sometimes earlier, yellow pea-like flowers are produced lending extra interest. It’s a great addition to exotic or mixed borders.

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For best results, grow Amicia zygomeris in full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Somewhere sheltered is ideal. Softwood cuttings can be taken from early to midsummer, or semi-ripe cuttings taken in autumn. If you’re not sure that it will make it through winters, grow it in a large container instead, so it can be moved and overwintered in a frost-free location.

How to grow Amicia zygomeris

  • Plant size

    2.5m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Amicia zygomeris and wildlife

Amicia zygomeris has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Amicia zygomeris poisonous?

Amicia zygomeris has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People