A genus of leguminous shrubs and herbs with purple, rose or white flowers, natives of Australia and the United States and at least one species indigenous to California. They grow in sandy garden soil.

To get the best results, prune them back, in February, rather severely so as to encourage the forming of young wood, on which the finest flowers are produced. Of the many species, aus-tralis, decora and tinctoria will be found the best for the Coast.

Propagate, in Spring, by seeds or cuttings. Cover the seeds to the depth of one-sixteenth of an inch.