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Sophora flavescens

Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany

B and T World Seeds' Botanical Glossary

B and T World Seeds' reference number: 401494

The average, annual, minimum temperature zone where Sophora flavescens is cold hardy
USDA Zone:6 -10° to 0°F   (-23.5° to -18°C)
Type of plant - shrub
Flower or inflorescence: YELLOW-WHITE, in 30cm. cyl. panicle
Fruit: 4 winged legume
Foliage: 15-23cm., - 19 narrow ovate lfts..nitrogen fixing plant
Height, in meters: 2
Height, in feet: 6.60
Sophora flavescens sales history
Parts of Sophora flavescens are considered toxic.

Synonyms (alternative names) for Sophora flavescens:
Sophora angustifolia, Sophora flavescens var. angust, Sophora galegoides, Sophora kronei, Sophora sororia, 

Common names for Sophora flavescens:

(TCM:kushenin,clears heat,jaundice,diarrhoea,etc),  Ku Shen,  Shrubby Sophora,  Yellow Pagoda Tree, 


Sophora flavescens is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.

2:   Wants
We are looking for seeds from this plant, if you know where we can find seeds or would like to be told when we have a source, please let me know.
29:   Temperate Forest and Woodland Tree and Shrub Seed List
34:   Oriental Herb and Vegetable Seed List
Not all Oriental Herbs are Culinary, or even edible. Be sure to correctly identify and prepare all herbs and vegetables before use.
40:   Shrub Seed List, Hardy and Tender
51:   Chinese Native and Introduced Plants
98:   Erosion Control Plant Seed List
146:   Standard Trainable Plants
169:   Sandy Soil Plant Seed List
173:   Land Reclamation Plant Shrub and Tree List
185:   Plant Species whose germination is improved by Smoke
"Smoke" contains a butenolide compound produced by certain plants when heated, it speeds up or starts the germination of seeds from many different genera.
389:  Fabaceae
711:  Leguminosae


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Germination guide for Sophora flavescens

These notes are a general guide, it is recommended to check specialist literature for some of the more unusual seeds in our lists.
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds. Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like Welwitschia mirabilis require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.

Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet, the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Some seeds need to be in the light (surface sown) or in the dark (sown deep enough to receive little or no light) to germinate. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds their own width deep in the growing medium, but some seeds prefer to be sown much deeper, and some fairly large seeds like to be surface sown (or higher).
Many seeds germinate best at certain temperatures, some will germinate at a comparatively wide range of temperatures, yet others need fluctuating temperatures.
Almost all seeds are waiting in a dormant state for some outside stimulus to break their dormancy, some just need sufficiently high ambiant humidity, others need scarification, vernalization or to be passed through the intestines of an animal.

Sophora flavescens seeds will usually germinate in 10-21 days.
Sow Sophora flavescens seeds about 1mm deep in a Well drained seed sowing mix at about 20-30°C.

Chip and soak seeds.


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