Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Goat’s Rue, Virginia Tephrosia

Goat’s Rue, Virginia Tephrosia

Tephrosia virginiana

Full sun to part shade, moderately dry to dry moisture level, sandy soil, acidic pH.  1-2 feet height, blooms spring into summer, pink and yellow flowers.

Germination Code:  C(10), H

Native Region:  Statewide

Attractive flowers that resemble bi-colored sweet peas on a distinctively silvery plant. It is a legume so it adds nitrogen to the soil.  Contains rotenone which is toxic to fish and insects.  Has a deep tap root so is not easily moved.  Attracts bees and ground birds.


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