Hoffmannseggia glauca (Ortega) Eifert


Hoffmannseggia glauca is a perennial herbaceous plant in the pea family that grows from 4-12 in. (10-30 cm) tall. The stems branch from the base of the plant and there are small swellings on the roots. H. glauca is native to the central and western United States, Mexico and western and southern South America.
The alternate leaves are pinnately compound and usually prostrate. The undersides of the leaflets are sparsely pilose.
The yellow bilateral flowers are dotted with red glands. The flowers are held on ascending racemes. H. glauca flowers in Spring and Summer.
The fruits are curved legumes that contain several smooth hard seeds.
Ecological Threat
H. glauca can be weedy and can grow in bare disturbed soils along roadsides. The tuberous roots allow it to form large colonies.


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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Genus: Hoffmannseggia
Subject: Hoffmannseggia glauca (Ortega) Eifert

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Indian rushpea, hog potato, pignut, shoestring weed


Plants - Shrub or Subshrub