What plant is that?

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Goat’s-rue Goat’s-rue leaf
Goat’s-rue flowersGoat’s-rue  flower head
Photo credits: © Peter M. Dziuk , via Minnesota Wildflowers,

This month’s mystery plant is rare in RI. Its stems are 10-30 inches tall and are densely hairy.  The leaves are compound and alternate along the stems and these are divided into 10 -25 leaflets which are hairy, and ½ to 1 inch long. The flowers are terminal and have 5 petals which are ¾ inch long.  They are usually bicolored.  The standard is yellow to ochroleucus and the wings and the keel pink.  The seed pods are long and numerous. This plant grows in fields, and open woods in usually sandy soil.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Tephrosia viginiana
Common Name:
  Goat’s rue
  Fabaceae (Bean family)
  Sandy soil