Content tagged with "legume"

Eastern Redbud

Photo of eastern redbud blossoms
Cercis canadensis
Eastern redbud is a native shrub or small tree that is distinctly ornamental in spring with small, clustered, rose-purple flowers covering the bare branches before the leaves. More

Eastern Redbud (Flowers)

Photo of an eastern redbud tree branch covered in rose-purple blossoms
In spring, redbud’s clusters of small, rose-purple flowers cover the bare branches. It blooms in late March to early May. Note that the petals of the flowers are in the typical pea-family configuration. The flowers are edible and can be eaten in salads, either raw or pickled; in Mexico, they are fried. More

Everlasting Pea (Perennial Sweet Pea)

Photo of everlasting pea flowers
Lathyrus latifolius
This pretty, long-blooming, pink-flowered sweet pea is a native of the Old World. An old-fashioned garden plant your grandma might have grown on a fence, everlasting pea often persists at old homesites. More

French Grass

Orbexilum onobrychis (formerly Psoralea onobrychis)
Looking absolutely nothing like a grass, French grass, a legume, bears upright spikes of pale purple flowers on long stems from the leaf axils. The leaves are trifoliate, resembling those of soybeans. More

Goat’s Rue (Hoary Pea)

Photo of goat's rue showing flower cluster
Two-colored flowers of pink and light yellow make goat’s rue easy to identify. Look for this legume in rocky, open woods, savannas, prairies, glades, and fields. More

Goat’s Rue (Hoary Pea)

Photo of goat's rue showing flower cluster
Tephrosia virginiana
Two-colored flowers of pink and light yellow make goat's rue easy to identify. Look for this legume in rocky, open woods, savannas, prairies, glades, and fields. More

Ground Plum (Milk Vetch; Buffalo Pea)

Astragalus crassicarpus (formerly A. mexicanus)
Ground plum is a legume that bears plumlike, edible fruits. Its short, spikelike clusters of pea flowers can be white, cream, yellow, pink, or violet. More

Hairy Vetch (Woolly Vetch; Winter Vetch)

Photo of hairy vetch flower clusters and leaves
Vicia villosa
Branching, spreading, and tangling, hairy vetch forms dense colonies along highways and other disturbed sites. This softly hairy ground-covering plant has one-sided clusters of purple pea flowers. More

Hairy Vetch (Woolly Vetch; Winter Vetch)

Photo of a tangled patch of hairy vetch plants
Hairy vetch is common on disturbed ground. A native of Europe, it has been much planted along highways by the Missouri Department of Transportation to prevent erosion after road construction projects. More

Hairy Vetch (Woolly Vetch; Winter Vetch)

Photo of hairy vetch flower clusters and leaves
Branching, spreading, and tangling, hairy vetch forms dense colonies along highways and other disturbed sites. This softly hairy ground-covering plant has one-sided clusters of purple pea flowers. More