Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1491

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in sandhills, other pinelands, xeric and/or rocky woodlands & forests, outcrops, shale barrens and other barrens, dry roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: (9)13-23(35) leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Standard - cream; wings & keel - pink
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Stamens monadelphous
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Tephrosia virginiana   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Tephrosia virginiana   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-34-001:
Tephrosia virginiana   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cracca virginiana

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Goat's Rue, Devil's Shoestrings


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_crvi7_001_lvd

        

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Bobbie L Holt    blh1491_a

May    Anderson County    SC

Carolina Wild Native Plant Nursery

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JK Marlow    jkm180504_1668

May    Meriwether-Talbot Counties    GA

Sprewell Bluff WMA

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_virginiana_goatsrue

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm070609_010

June    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm100606_012

June    Union County    SC

An erect unbranched plant covered with silky white hairs. Leaves odd-pinnate, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE pinnately compound leaves of forbs

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JK Marlow    jkm100606_065

June    Laurens County?    SC

Densely hairy, dehiscent legumes, 2.5-3" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm100606_079

June    Greenville County    

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Flowers pea-like: the standard pale yellow to cream, the wings pink, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm100606_080

June    Greenville County    

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Calyx usually densely pillose or villous, occasionally strigose, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_virginiana_6

August        

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JK Marlow    jkm0410p_07

October    Oconee County    SC

Roadside

Somebody needs to tell this plant that it's October.