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Tephrosia lindheimeri (Lindheimer's hoarypea)
Carr, Bill

Tephrosia lindheimeri

Tephrosia lindheimeri A. Gray

Lindheimer's Hoarypea, Hoary Pea, Lindheimer Tephrosia

Fabaceae (Pea Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This species is named after Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879) who is often called the Father of Texas Botany because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Texas. In 1834 Lindheimer immigrated to the United States as a political refugee. He spent from 1843-1852 collecting specimens in Texas. In 1844 he settled in New Braunfels, Texas, and was granted land on the banks of the Comal River, where he continued his plant collecting and attempted to establish a botanical garden. He shared his findings with many others who shared his interest in botany, including Ferdinand von Roemer and Adolph Scheele. Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species. In addition his name is used to designate forty-eight species and subspecies of plants. He is buried in New Braunfels. His house, on Comal Street in New Braunfels, is now a museum.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Stems erect to trailing, up to about 16 inches long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Chaparral & brush country

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam
Conditions Comments: Growth habit is generally prostrate, but stems will reach up to about ten inches. Needs very well drained soil. Forms a tap root and is difficult to transplant from the wild. Easy to grow from seeds in fall.


Use Ornamental: Showy, Ground cover, Blooms ornamental, Attractive, Perennial garden
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Seeds-Granivorous birds, Seeds-Small mammals
Warning: Leaves, twigs, and seeds inside fleshy "berries" are all poisonous if eaten, and potentially fatal. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-RLU-1 Collected 2009-07-08 in Burnet County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Tephrosia lindheimeri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tephrosia lindheimeri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tephrosia lindheimeri


Record Modified: 2010-02-22
Research By: LAL, LAS

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