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Common Name Mescal Bean, Texas Mountain Laurel
Latin Name Sophora secundiflora 
Native Habitat Mountains of southwest Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained
Water Once per month
Height X Width 20 feet X 15 feet
Protective Mechanism Bright red seeds are poisonous
Leaves Green, glossy, evergreen
Garden Suitability Fragrance, Thornless, Butterfly
Ornamental Value Distinctive, showy; pendulous raceme of purple flowers late winter to early spring, fragrant, cold marginal
Nature Value Attracts butterflies
Native American Uses Medicinal, necklaces made from beans
Links  
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Sophora_secundiflora.html
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/sopsec/all.html
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55062/
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SOSE3
    Images and data http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/bio406d/images/pics/fab/sophora_secundiflora.htm
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Sophora_secundiflora.html
    Nursery, images and data http://www.alchemy-works.com/sophora_secundiflora.html
    Nursery, images, and data http://mostlytexasnatives.com/
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SOSE3
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