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Tephrosia virginiana

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
tef-ROH-see-uh vir-jin-ee-AN-uh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

A member of the pea family, the plant has upright to sprawling stems. Native to dry, open woods, it is difficult to transplant. Flowers are pea-like, lemon-yellow to rose.  Blooms Spring to Summer.

Toxic to insects and fish.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#pink#sun#yellow#poisonous#partial shade#summer#spring#perennial#wildflowers#native perennial#native garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#pink#sun#yellow#poisonous#partial shade#summer#spring#perennial#wildflowers#native perennial#native garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tephrosia
    Species:
    virginiana
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    US
    Distribution:
    Eastern US and Canada
    Wildlife Value:
    Butterflies
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Edibility:
    Not edible
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    0.75 in. flower; yellow standard petal often flushed with pink and a rose-pink keel
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    toxic to insects and fish
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Tephrosin
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Roots
    Stems