Content tagged with "legume"

Honey Locust

honey locust
Gleditsia triacanthos
Though it doesn’t reach a “stately” size, honey locust commands respect because of its many large, strong, usually branched thorns, which can puncture tractor tires as easily as they can poke through tennis shoes! The long, leathery, twisting pods are relished by cattle and by wildlife. More

Kentucky Coffee Tree

kentucky coffee tree
Gymnocladus dioicus
There’s no mistaking this tree when its large, tough seedpods are hanging from its limbs or dropping to the ground below. Unpopular as food with today’s wildlife, these seedpods might have been a food source for mastodons and other large, extinct North American mammals. More

Korean Lespedeza (Korean Clover)

Photo of Korean lespedeza plant with flowers
Kummerowia stipulacea (formerly Lespedeza stipulacea)
Korean lespedeza is an Asian clover that was introduced to North America to prevent erosion, to feed wildlife and livestock, and, since it is a legume, to add nitrogen to the soil. A weedy plant, it has spread statewide since the 1930s. More

Korean Lespedeza (Korean Clover)

Photo of Korean lespedeza plant with flowers
Korean lespedeza is an Asian clover that was introduced to North America to prevent erosion, to feed wildlife and livestock, and, since it is a legume, to add nitrogen to the soil. A weedy plant, it has spread statewide since the 1930s. More

Kudzu

Photo of a huge mass of kudzu vines covering trees and ground
Pueraria montana
Of the many invasive exotic plants that were originally introduced to stop soil erosion and improve soils, kudzu is one of the worst. This “vine that ate the South” is often the first plant that comes to mind when we think of “invasive exotics.” More

Kudzu

Photo of a huge mass of kudzu vines covering trees and ground
Of the many invasive exotic plants that were originally introduced to stop soil erosion and improve soils, kudzu is one of the worst. This “vine that ate the South” is often the first plant that comes to mind when we think of “invasive exotics.” More

Lead Plant

Photo of lead plant showing shrubby growth habit
Lead plant is a small, branching, shrubby perennial. It is densely hairy and can become woody with age, but some winters it dies back to the ground. More

Lead Plant

Photo of lead plant showing flowers and leaves
Amorpha canescens
Lead plant is a densely hairy small shrub producing tight, elongated spikes of small purple flowers from May through August. It grows in prairies, glades, and savannas. More

Lead Plant

Photo of lead plant showing blooming stalks
Lead plant is fairly popular as a drought-resistant flowering shrub in native wildflower gardening. More

Lead Plant

Photo of lead plant showing grayish hairy foliage
The name “lead plant” apparently came from the outdated belief that this plant grew in places where lead was in the ground, indicating that metal’s presence. Maybe the association arose from the grayish look of the hairy foliage. More