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Virginia Tephrosia
Tephrosia virginiana

a.k.a. Goat's Rue

Goat's rue is found in southeast Minnesota and prefers acidic, sandy soils.

USDA symbol: TEVI

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 to 2 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorYellow, Pink
Virginia Tephrosia (Virginia Tephrosia<div><em class="small">Tephrosia virginiana</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsApril to July
Larval Host ofBees
Specific Pollinators HostedMegachile addenda
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Specialists

Project Planning

Project TypeRestoration
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionWeakly Clonal


CountyFillmore, Houston, Wabasha, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland