Tephrosia spicata (Walt.) T. & G. - Red Hoary Pea
Family - Fabaceae
Flowering - Late May - August.
Habitat - Open woods, pine flatwoods, sandhills, roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species can be found throughout Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its ascending to clambering stems, its long calyx lobes, its dense, ferruginous, pilose to villous hairs, and its brilliant red flowers. The flowers are yellow in bud, then pink when first opened, then quickly turn red.
Photographs taken at Tuskeegee National Forest, AL., 6-8-05.