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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Texas Mountain Laurel   Sophora secundiflora    
Pea family — Fabaceae

Also known as:
Mescal Bean, Mountain Laurel, Frijolito, Frijolillo

Slides: (click for larger view)


As native plants have become more popular for landscape use, this beautiful native shrub or small tree has become widely planted. Just the shiny green foliage is handsome, and then the strongly fragrant spring blooms are spectacular. However, it should be noted that the bright red seeds are quite poisonous. This drought-resistant species grows native in brushy limestone areas of central, southern, and western Texas.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: February, March, April

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