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Tephrosia virginiana

Virginia Goat's-rue, Common Goat's-rue

Scientific Name:

Tephrosia virginiana

Genus:

Tephrosia

Species Epithet:

virginiana

Common Name:

Virginia Goat's-rue, Common Goat's-rue

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandhills, other pinelands, xeric and/or rocky woodlands and forests, outcrops, shale barrens and other barrens, dry roadbanks. Common throughout most of NC, although not recorded within 30 miles of the NC coast, and scarce in the northern Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Very showy pink and white flowers. Contains the compound rotenone, which is toxic to goats and other livestock and mammals.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/tephrosia-virginiana/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/tephrosia/virginiana/



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