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Florida hoarypea
Tephrosia florida
Fabaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 3-9 inches in height. Spreading and forming small open patches broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties. Very rare and sporadic in South Florida outside of Miami-Dade County. In Broward County, known only from Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area.
Habitats:
Pinelands.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White to pink.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-fall.
Fruit:
Small pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for northern cloudywing (Thorybes pylades).
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


Frank Ridgley, 2015
Zoo Miami, Florida