Apr. 29, 2021

desert fern, Lysiloma watsonii

Another kiwi fruit? Older references called this feather bush. Now that it has become popular for xeric gardens, it's being marketed as desert fern. And kiwi fruit used to be Chinese gooseberries. This shrub does produce beans that are edible either raw or cooked, but we probably won't see fern beans at the market. Desert feather (might that work even better?) grows in the Sonoran region of AZ and Mexico. Foellinger-Freimann Conservatory, Ft. Wayne IN, 3/26/21. Bean family, Fabaceae.