Sophora secundiflora, Dermatophyllum secundiflorum, Texas Mountain-Laurel

Sophora secundiflora, Dermatophyllum secundiflorum

Texas Mountain-Laurel
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Texas and northern Mexico
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersPoisonous or toxicPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Fragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Sophora secundiflora (Texas Mountain-Laurel) is a large shrub or small tree native to Texas and northern Mexico. It can grow up to 5-10ft tall or 10-20ft as a tree. It is recommended to plant it in full sun or semi-shade areas, and needs moderate water. Sophora secundiflora blooms fragrant, violet, blue and lavender flowers from February to April. These flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The seeds contain alkaloid cytisine, making them poisonous or toxic.

When taken care of properly, this plant can be cold hardy at least to temperatures in the upper 20s F for a short period of time. It is generally grown in USDA Zones 8-10. When grown in a pot, Sophora secundiflora should be in a well-drained, alkaline soil and be kept on the dry side, especially when blooming. Ethnomedical uses of the Sophora secundiflora include the treatment of digestive and respiratory complaints, colds, and rheumatism.

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