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Hoffmannseggia glauca
About Pig-nut (Hoffmannseggia glauca) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Hoffmannseggia glauca is a dicot found in the legume family, Fabaceae. Its common names include Indian rushpea, hog potato, and pig nut. It is a California native which prefers alkaline desert flats, creosote bush communities, and disturbed areas. It prefers elevations of less than 900 metres (3,000 ft). Hoffmannseggia glauca is found outside California in Western Nevada, Texas, Mexico and South America. In California H. glauca may be found in the San Joaquin Valley, Southern Coastal Ranges, and Western Transverse Ranges. Hoffmannseggia glauca is an erect perennial herb and can measure up to 30 cm tall. Branches are slender, growing out from the base of the plant, and have stalked glands. The foliage is composed of compound leaves with primary and secondary leaflets. Primary leaflets (5-20 mm) are odd-pinnate while secondary leaflets (4-6 mm) are even-pinnate. The inflorescence measures 5-15 cm and is glandular. Flowers are orange-red with spreading petals and are produced between the months of April and June. The fruit that develops is 1. 5-4 cm, glandular, curved, and short-stalked. The fruit may or may not be deciduous. The USDA indicates that Hoffmannseggia glauca is considered a noxious weed in Kansas.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Red

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 2.6" - 30.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.12" - 2.69", Coldest Month: 43.2" - 59.8", Hottest Month: 63.8" - 89.3", Humidity: 1.00" - 40.59", Elevation: -190" - 5912"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Hog Potato, Indian Rushpea, Pig Nut, Pignut, Shoestring Weed

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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