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Spiny Kidneywood
Eysenhardtia spinosa

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Spiny kidneywood is an uncommon to rare small shrub that has been found only in three sites in the Trans-Pecos. It is not spiny, but its branches are stiff and angular. It grows to 2 or 3 feet high, with sparse branching and tiny leaflets. The flowers are white to bluish, appearing in racemes similar to those of E. texana. It would make an unusual, attractive ground cover in hot dry sites, especially on rocky slopes, but unfortunately it is not available in nurseries.

Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white to blue -tinged

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: small pod

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Width: 3 to 4 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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