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Hoffmannseggia glauca (Indian rushpea)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Hoffmannseggia glauca

Hoffmannseggia glauca (Ortega) Eifert

Indian Rushpea, Indian Rush-pea

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Hoffmannseggia densiflora, Hoffmannseggia densiflora var. capitata, Hoffmannseggia densiflora var. demissa, Hoffmannseggia densiflora var. pringlei, Hoffmannseggia densiflora var. stricta, Hoffmannseggia falcaria

USDA Symbol: hogl2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low plant growing in patches, with pinnately compound leaves and bilaterally symmetrical, yellow-orange flowers in glandular racemes.

This plant has small, edible swellings on the roots that provide good nourishment for many animals and were also used as food by Native Americans. The Spanish name, Camote de Raton, means mouse's sweet potato.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AZ , CA , CO , KS , NM , NV , OK , TX
Native Distribution: Southern California east to southern Colorado and Texas, and south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: In open, alkaline areas; common along roads and as an agricultural weed.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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