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Sophora tomentosa /Necklace-Pod

Sophora tomentosa  / Sophora tomentosa
Specimen plant at the Houston Botanical Garden
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Specimen plant at the Houston Botanical Garden

Spike of yellow flowers

Previous year's seed pods of the necklace pod

Compound, silvery-green foliage

Silvery-gray foliage

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Scientific Name: Sophora tomentosa
Common Name: Necklace-Pod
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: The necklace-pod is an evergreen shrub with compound leaves that are silvery-graygreen and are covered with a gray velvetry pubescence. Bright yellow flowers occur on tall spikes. Following flowering the spike persists and the dried seed pods that are close together on the stems resemble a necklace, thus the common name, necklace-pod. Portions of the plant are poisonous.