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Smooth-Pod Hoary Pea

Tephrosia leiocarpa

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
2-4 × 2-4
Flowering Season August-September
Flower Color Pink or red
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F (freezes back)
Leaf Description Leaves divided into rounded leaflets
Fruit Small waxy bean pods
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Elevation Range 4500-5500 ft.
Description This common plant of extreme southern Arizona becomes a lovely dense shrub which displays a profusion of pink-red blooms during the monsoon season. Despite having a limited range within Arizona (Pima and Santa Cruz counties) this shrub could be a potential landscaping plant for mid elevation (think grassland) gardens throughout the southern portion of the state. Blend with native grassland species such as bull grass (Muhlenbergia emersleyi), sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), and Catalina prairie clover (Dalea pulchra).