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Tephrosia virginiana - (L.)Pers.
                 
Common Name Catgut, Virginia tephrosia
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Contact with the plant can cause dermatitis in sensitive people[222]. The seeds are toxic[222].
Habitats Dry sandy woods and openings[43].
Range Eastern N. America - New Hampshire to Florida, west to Texas and Manitoba.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Tephrosia virginiana Catgut, Virginia tephrosia


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Tephrosia virginiana Catgut, Virginia tephrosia
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Physical Characteristics
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Tephrosia virginiana is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from May to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Anthelmintic;  Cancer;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Pectoral;  Tonic;  Women's complaints.

The root is anthelmintic, diaphoretic, diuretic, pectoral and tonic[207, 222, 257]. A tea made from the roots is said to make children muscular and strong[222, 257]. A cold tea is used to improve male potency and also to treat TB, bladder problems, coughs, irregular menstruation and other women's complaints[222, 257]. Experimentally, the root has shown both anticancer and cancer-causing activity[222]. The leaves have been placed in the shoes in order to treat fevers and rheumatism[257].
Other Uses
Hair;  Insecticide.

The root is a source of the insecticide 'rotenone'[207, 213]. This is especially effective against flying insects but appears to be relatively harmless to animals[213]. A decoction of the roots has been used as a hair shampoo by women in order to prevent hair loss[257].
Cultivation details
Industrial Crop: Pesticide;  Management: Hay;  Wild Crop.

A deep rooted plant, requiring a dry to moist light or medium very well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants are hardy to about -25° when given a suitable position[200]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].
Propagation
Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in a greenhouse in spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow on in the greenhouse for their first winter, planting out in the following spring or early summer.

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Conservation Status
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