Virginia Tephrosia (Tephrosia virginiana)

Common names:
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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
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
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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
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Location: Roberta GeorgiaDate: maygroup shot
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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

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