Virginia Tephrosia (Tephrosia virginiana)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Virginia Tephrosia
Give a thumbs up Goat's Rue
Give a thumbs up Catgut
Give a thumbs up Devil's Shoestring

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 12 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Fruit: Other: 2 - 3 inch narrow, brown pods containing several flattened seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: yellow and pink
Other: Pale yellow with rose pink wings
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

close-up of bloom

Photo gallery:
Location: Roberta GeorgiaDate: mayclose-up of bloom
By stone
Give a thumbs up
Location: Roberta GeorgiaDate: maygroup shot
By stone
Give a thumbs up

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Wildflower ID by Hemophobic May 9, 2017 7:52 AM 10
Whew! Started some seeds! by Xeramtheum Mar 12, 2014 2:26 PM 25
New for you in 2014 by CarolineScott Jul 15, 2015 7:09 PM 44
Tentative List of Seeds for 2014 by Xeramtheum Jan 14, 2014 12:02 PM 14

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by lauriemorningglory and is called "Bluebeard's Ghost"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.