Water-saving Native Plant of the Week - Eve's Necklace
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Water-saving Native Plant of the Week by Bob Dailey: Eve's Necklace (Sophora affinis or Styphnolobium affine). The dark lustrous green leaves are borne in a rounded to upright oval crown. In spring it produces rosy-pink, one-inch flowers that hang in wisteria-like, six-inch clusters, followed by fruit pods in late summer and fall that resemble a black string of beads, giving it its common name. Eve's Necklace can grow in sun or as an understory tree; in dense woods, it can even be vine-like. It is a member of the Fabacea (Legume) family and is deciduous, unlike its cousin, Texas Mountain Laurel, (Sophora secundiflora), which is evergreen. The plant does well as an understory tree and tolerates shade. However, it must have well-drained soil. This plant is used by butterflies, birds, and small mammals. Birds often choose this plant to make their nests in. Dr. David Creech, Stephen F. Austin State University professor emeritus of agriculture and the director of the SFA gardens prefers Eve's Necklace to crepe myrtle, mainly because of the crepe myrtle bark scale.