Edwardsia hortensis Boiss. & Buhse
Edwardsia mollis Royle
Edwardsia persica Boiss. & Buhse
Keyserlingia buxbaumii Boiss.
Keyserlingia hortensis (Boiss. & Buhse) Yakovlev
Keyserlingia mollis (Royle) Boiss.
Sophora buxbaumii (Bunge) B.Fedtsch.
Sophora griffithii hortensis Yakovlev
Sophora hortensis (Boiss. & Buhse) Rech.f.
Edwardsia griffithii (Stocks) Pilip.
Keyserlingia griffithii (Stocks) Bunge
Sophora griffithii Stocks
Sophora mollis is an erect, deciduous shrub growing around 90 - 120cm tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
The plant contains cytosine, which resembles nicotine and is similarly toxic[
Asia - Uzbekistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Palistan, northwest India, Nepal, China (Yunnan)
Rocks in dry valleys, at elevations from 1,200 - 2,000 metres[
]. Often gregarious on hillsides[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Sophora mollis is not very cold hardy, tolerating short-lived temperatures down to around -8°c according to one report[
], and down to -15°c according to another[
Succeeds in a well-drained moderately fertile dry soil in full sun[
]. Requires a hot dry position, succeeding outdoors only in the warmer areas of the country[
] where its wood will be better ripened and more able to withstand winter cold[
Hardy to about -15°c[
Plants should be container-grown and planted out whilst young, older plants do not transplant well[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
One report says that the plant has edible qualities but does not say what part of the plant is eaten[
The seed is considered useful for destroying vermin[
Wood - hard. Mainly used as a fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse[
]. Pre-soak stored seed for 12 hours in hot (not boiling) water and sow in late winter in a greenhouse[
]. Prick out the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle into individual pots in the greenhouse, and grow them on for 2 years under protected conditions. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer of their third year.
Cuttings of young shoots with a heel, mid summer in a frame[