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Tephrosia virginiana

Goat's rue

Tephrosia virginiana tephrosia virginiana
Tephrosia virginiana
Photos by Renee Brecht Britton and Brown. See credits below.

Botanical name: Tephrosia virginiana
Common name: Goat's rue; cat gut
Synonomy: Cracca latidens Small
Cracca virginiana L.
Tephrosia latidens (Small) Standl.
Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers. var. glabra Nutt.
Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers. var. holosericea (Nutt.) Torr. & Gray
Group: Dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Growth Type: Subshrub
Duration: Perennial
Plant height: 1-3'
Flower color: pink and pale yellow
Flower size: 3/4" across
Flowering/fruiting time Fl. early June to early July; Fr. early August to early September
Habitat: open woods and old fields in sandy soil; open sandy ground and edges of woods
Range in New Jersey: apparently more distributed in northern counties.
Heritage ranking if any: n/a
During Stone's time he notes "an exact counterpart of the Lupine in distribution and abundance, often growing in close association with it."(498) Lupine is now a species of concern.
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