Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kool-Aid bush ~ 04/06/10 ~ Pacific Grove


Kool-Aid bush
Psoralea pinnata
Fabaceae

At the Easter shindig, we met Michelle who tends this B&B's garden. She told us to stop and smell this tree since it only blooms for a short period of time. Considering the heavy rains we had Sunday night, I'm surprised the tree had any blooms left at all. She gave me the scientific name, but my auditory memory is incredibly poor - I need to take the hint from all the moms out there and carry around a notepad so I can take notes of things I want to remember. Next time I see Michelle, I'll make sure to correct the ID for this post.

ps 05/25/13 - I initially posted this as "Soon to be ID'd fragrant, flowering tree", and have finally gotten around to correcting the ID.  Michelle has since taken out this older tree and allowed one of its seedlings to grow in its place.  The only other spot I remember seeing this bush anywhere around here is on the way to the Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach where we went last spring for a fundraiser.  I'm thinking if it's not in bloom, I'd hardly give it a second look.  This garden plant hails from South Africa.

5 comments:

A.J. said...

I adore the colour.

ryan said...

Looks like a Kool Aid Bush, if that is what it smelled like. Psoralea is the genus, I think. They're pretty great when they bloom.

Nature ID said...

Why, yes, it does smell like Kool Aid! Thanks. Cool blog, Ryan.

SR said...

It's Psoralea pinnata "Kool-Aid Bush":

https://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id=881

Katie (Nature ID) said...

SR - I can't figure the purpose of your comment. Did you read my description above, or did I somehow misspell the sp. and common name? Or are you advertising for Annie's?