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Tephrosia lindheimeri – Lindheimer’s Hoary Pea

Extending from the area west of Austin south into the tip of Texas and adjacent Mexico, Tephrosia lindheimeri is a groundcover pea with dusty silver-green foliage and blindingly intense magenta color from late spring through summer. Happy in dry, sun-baked ground, it needs no further care after some initial watering to establish it. In the winter it dies back to a thick woody rootstock, but quickly rebounds in spring, with individual plants carpeting a 4’ square area. Great as a groundcover among Agaves and cacti. — Adam Black