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Sophora secundiflora, Texas Mountain-Laurel

Sophora secundiflora

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 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
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.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsPoisonous or toxicSubtropical, 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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Sophora secundiflora - seeds

Texas Mountain-Laurel. A small tree. The flowers are showy, violet-blue, very fragrant, and occur in clusters up to 8 inches long; they bloom from February to April. It grows slowly in cool-summer regions. It thrives in hot sun and well-drained, alkaline soil. The soil should be kept on the dryish side except when blooming. It is propagated from seeds, which should be nicked and soaked, or from greenwood cuttings and layers. The Sophora secundiflora seeds are highly toxic.
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