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Curtiss’ hoarypea
Tephrosia curtissii
General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A critically imperiled element of the South Florida flora, which would benefit from both habitat restoration and population augmentations.

Availability: Rarely grown by enthusiasts and at botanical gardens.

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 3-9 inches in height. Spreading and forming small open patches broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Peninsular Florida, mostly along the eastern coast from northern Miami-Dade County to Volusia County.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Primarily open, coastal strand.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy 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: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Lavender.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Small pod (legume).

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: For more information, visit our Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database Online.

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