Tephrosia virginiana (L.) Pers.
Family: Fabaceae
goat's-rue,  more...
[Cracca latidens Small,  more]
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Etymology: Tephrosia: Greek tephros meaning "ash-colored or hoary"
Plants: erect to drooping, perennial, 8"-28" tall forb; 1 to several, usually unbranched stems with dense, fine hairs; long roots
Leaves: pinnately-divided into an odd number (15-25) of leaflets
Flowers: pink and yellow, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long; inflorescence a 1"-2" tall, stalked cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July
Fruits: long, narrow, hairy pods coiling when open
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; woods, inland sands, prairies; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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