|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Clianthus (Greek, glory-flower). Leguminosae. Glory Pea. Glory Vine. Parrot's Bill. Tender half-trailing shrubs, with large, showy flowers of unique appearance. Swainsona is an allied genus, but its general appearance is very different and it has acuminate, not obtuse petals. Interesting plants, with pinnate Lvs. of many Lfts., and fls. in racemes; scarcely papilionaceous: pod stalked, many-seeded.—Two or 3 species. Clianthus Dampieri is somewhat difficult to grow on its own roots. In Germany, a method has been found whereby it is as easy to succeed with this species as with the better-known C. puniceus. The method consists of using small seedling plants of Colutea arborescens as stocks; these are cut over near the soil and seedlings of C. Dampieri, while in the cotyledon stage, are separated from the root, the base cut wedge-shape and inserted in a cut made in the colutea stock. While the union is taking place, the pots should be placed under a bell-jar. C. puniceus is an old-fashioned greenhouse plant, grown sometimes to cover rafters or trellis work, but more frequently trained around sticks placed about the edge of the pot. The flowers, not very unlike those of the common Erythrina, are freely produced in hanging clusters. Cuttings rooted in early spring may be grown into good-sized plants during the summer. Water should be given sparingly during the dull months. Pruning; repotting and tying the shoots should be done just before the growth begins. A sharp lookout should be kept for the red spider, frequent syringings being the only remedy for this pest. Propagated by seeds and cuttings. (G. W. Oliver.)
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