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Hoita macrostachya

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Species Name: Hoita macrostachya
Common Name: Leather Root

Beautiful accent shrub for shady area near ponds, stream, waterfalls. Plant near or around trees such as alder, sycamore, box elder, and dogwood for your woodland garden retreat.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4-6' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Multibranched and upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California except the Central Valley; Baja
Natural Habitat: Streamsides, marshes, springs-moist places below 8300'

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