Home » Decaisnea insignis My Account | Cart Contents | Checkout

Advanced Search
What's New? more
Astrantia major
Astrantia major
About Us
Seed Starting
Annuals (9)
Biennials (5)
Perennials-> (119)
Grasses etc. (10)
Shrubs (24)
Coastal B C Native Plants (23)
Trees (27)
Conifers (3)
Vines & Climbers
Shipping, Taxes & Returns
Privacy Statement
Contact Us

Decaisnea insignis

Blue Bean Tree, Dead Man's Fingers, Blue Sausage Tree

Seed count: 12-15   
Decaisnea insignis
Decaisnea insignis
   Syn. Decaisnea fargesii
   Syn. Slackia insignis

Native Region: Himalayas, Western China
Zone Range: 06-09
Preferred Climate: Temperate woodland
Harvest Date: Sunday 22 October, 2023
Seed count: 12-15

A small multi-trunked tree, Decaisnea rarely exceeds 5-6 meters in height, with a similar spread. The bright green pinnate leaves, which can be as long as 90cm (3ft), emerge in mid-spring. The pendent panicles of blooms, up to 45cm (18in) long, have sparse bright green-yellow petalless flowers, up to 3cm (2in) in diameter. The fruit, up to 15cm (6in) in length and resembling fat bean-pods, turn dull metallic blue in the autumn.

Decaisnea can make for a remarkable conversation piece in any garden. The common name 'Dead Man's Fingers' is a surprisingly apt description of what the over-ripe fruit looks, and dare we say, feels like. This is a beautiful plant in its own right, but it really shines as an annual source of excellent Hallowe'en decorations.

For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. Sow seed in containers in an open frame in autumn or spring. Maintain even, but not excessive, moisture. Grow on in any good garden soil in sun to part shade. Hardy to -15°C (5°F).

Harvest Date: Sunday 22 October, 2023
Sold Out
Customers who bought this item also purchased
Meliosma pinnata var. oldhamii
Meliosma pinnata var. oldhamii
Dipteronia sinensis
Dipteronia sinensis
Ribes sanguineum
Ribes sanguineum
Shopping Cart more
0 items
Plant Family more
English Franšais
   Thursday 18 July, 2024       51,877,390 requests since Thursday 18 September, 2003