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Sophora tomentosa L.
Yellow Necklacepod, Yellow Sophora, Necklace Pod, Tambalisa
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: soto3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)
Yellow necklacepod or yellow sophora is an evergreen shrub with a delicate, multi-stemmed shape and chartreuse branches. Silvery-green foliage provides a backdrop for the 4-16 inch spikes of yellow flowers. Seedpods hang on the shrub for a year or more. This plant grows 3-6 feet in height.
A native of southern Florida and South Texas, where it is infrequent along and near the coast as far north as Aransas county. Its overall natural range comprises just about every tropical and subtropical coast in the world. This shrub is hardy to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit (often freezes back at our latitude behaving as a subshrub).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Flower: Flowers in 4 inch spikes
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: FL , TX
Native Distribution: S. TX, n. to Aransas Co.
Native Habitat: Coastal areas.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Saline tolerant
Conditions Comments: Usually freezes to the ground each winter.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Showy, Blooms ornamental, Accent tree or shrub, Long-blooming, Accent
Use Wildlife: Nectar-bees, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-moths, Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Naval Air Station Kingsville - Kingsville, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
BibliographyBibref 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
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sophora tomentosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sophora tomentosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sophora tomentosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-21
Research By: TWC Staff