Styphnolobium affine (Torr. & Gray) Walp.
Eve’s necklace, Eve's necklacepod, Texas sophora
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Eves necklace, a 15-30 ft., spineless shrub
bears light-green, graceful leaflets and fragrant, pink, wisteria-like blooms. A tall shrub
or small tree
with thin, scaly, reddish brown bark
on older wood and with smooth twigs. On
limestone slopes, in valley bottoms, and on soils underlain with limestone in upland situations. Seeds reputed to be poisonous. Leaves divided into 6 to 8 pairs of leaflets and a terminal one on an axis up to 9 inches long, leaflets elliptic
averaging an inch long, with a rounded, indented, or pointed tip, smooth margins, and a rounded or tapered base. Flowers fragrant, white tinged with rose, 1/2 inch long, arranged along axes up to 6 inches long, appearing in March and April. Fruit
a long, rounded pod,
constricted between the seeds, often with only 1 or a few seeds, the swollen part of the pod
black, and the constrictions covered with gray hairs.
Sophora is from the Arabic name of a tree
with pea-shaped flowers.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
AR , LA , OK , TX Native Distribution:
OK, AR, LA & n.c. & c. TX Native Habitat:
Roadsides, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Open woodlands USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Well-drained soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based. Conditions Comments:
Eves necklace is so named because this tree
blooms clustered pink flowers that mature into black, bead-like strings of seeds. The planting site must be well-drained or it will get chlorotic. It grows from seed to 6 ft. in 3 years. This plant is most attractive when grown alone, as it becomes spindly in competition from larger plants. The flowers and seeds ar poisonous.
Aromatic, Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Fruits ornamental, Accent shrub,
Showy, Accent tree
or shrub Use Wildlife:
Flowers attact bees. Nesting site, Cover, Browse, Nectar-insects Conspicuous Flowers: