Mar. 30, 2022

spiked hoarypea, Tephrosia spicata

Should spiked hoarypea be the next kiwi fruit? If you're selling things, there's a tendency to find more appealing names to market them under. Chinese gooseberries become kiwi fruit. But one nursery went another direction. Plant Delights says,"How can you not love a plant with a common name like spiked hoarypea?" Then they give up their own game, and start calling their plant 'Awakening'. These flowers do have a more phase when they look more awake, but so far I've only seen them neatly folded like this. Spiked hoarypea is native in AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, and VA. Baldwin Co GA, 7/7/18. Bean family, Fabaceae.