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Guadalupe Mountain Laurel
Sophora gypsophila var. guadalupensis (S. formosa)

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Guadalupe mountain laurel grows on the limestone soils in Culberson County and on the northwest slopes of the Guadalupe Mountains to about 5000 feet, and also into New Mexico. This compact, slow growing, pubescent shrub sports silver-grey foliage and purple flowers. Given perfect drainage, low humidity and low night temperatures it could be used ornamentally as an attractive low hedge or border.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: purple, rarely white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: bean

Height: 3.5 feet

Width: 2 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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