WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: RUGEL’S HOARYPEA (Tephrosia rugelii)
This is Tephrosia spp., likely rugelii
When I first saw this diminutive wildflower I thought it was some sort of milkpea. Upon closer inspection of the photo on the computer I saw points at the end of the leaves and determined it to be Tephrosia spp. (the second species of this genus to grace my garden) Tephrosia is interesting in that the flowers change colors at times appearing white, pink and even a deep red.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Tephrosia