Photographer: Emily J. Lain
Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers.
goat's-rue, rabbit-pea, Virginia tephrosia
Tephrosia: Greek tephros meaning "ash-colored or hoary"
virginiana: of Virginia
|Plant: ||erect to drooping, perennial, 8"-28" tall forb; 1 to several, usually unbranched stems with dense, fine hairs; long roots|
|Flower: ||pink and yellow, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long; inflorescence a 1"-2" tall, stalked cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July|
|Fruit:||long, narrow, hairy pods coiling when open|
|Leaf:||pinnately-divided into an odd number (15-25) of leaflets|
|Habitat: ||dry to moderate moisture; woods, inland sands, prairies; in sandy soil|