Alternate name: Vara Dulce
Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family
Description Texas kidneywood is an unarmed, much-branched shrub, 3-10 ft. tall, with an open, airy structure. Its 3-4 in. spikes of white flowers are fragrant, as are the deciduous, finely divided leaves. Seed pods are somewhat persistent.
Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Canyons & valleys.
Comments Can create a small tree with proper pruning. May temporarily lose leaves during a dry spell. Drought-tolerant. All parts of the tree are gland dotted, emitting a citrus odor when crushed.
Exposure Preference Sun.
Flower April - September
Native Distribution S. Texas, n. to Bell, San Saba, Crockett & Brewster Counties & s. to Mexico
Site Preference Dry, brushy hills & canyons
Soil Preference Dry, rocky, calcareous soils.
Wildlife Value Flowers attract bees and butterflies