Content tagged with "legume"

Pencil Flower

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Pencil flower is scattered nearly statewide but apparently is absent from the northwestern third of the state. It can be an erect plant, or it can trail, forming a loose mat. More

Pencil Flower

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Pencil flower is small and often overlooked. It has wiry stems, long, bristly hairs, three-parted leaves, and orangish-yellow flowers. More

Purple Prairie Clover

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Purple prairie clover is a legume of prairies, glades, and other open places. Its unusual flowering heads ringed with rose-magenta flowers and its attractive foliage add special interest in the home garden. More

Purple Prairie Clover

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Dalea purpurea (formerly Petalostemon purpureum)
Purple prairie clover is a legume of prairies, glades, and other open places. Its unusual flowering heads ringed with rose-magenta flowers and its attractive foliage add special interest in the home garden. More

Running Buffalo Clover

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Trifolium stoloniferum
Running buffalo clover spreads by sending out long, creeping runners. Now endangered, this native perennial once flourished along streams and buffalo trails throughout the grasslands of the eastern and central United States. More

Sensitive Brier (Catclaw Sensitive Brier)

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Mimosa quadrivalvis (also known as Schrankia nuttallii)
This dainty-looking legume has delicate, twice-compound leaves and flower heads that look like magenta pom-poms. Some people call them "devil's shoestrings" for the long, tough stems covered with tiny thorns, which snag your feet as you walk! More

Sensitive Brier (Catclaw Sensitive Brier) (Flowers)

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Sensitive brier blooms May–September in glades, prairies, openings in dry forests, and other dry areas. The flowers are clustered in ball-shaped heads that look like magenta pom-poms, with yellow-tipped stamens protruding. The stems are covered with tiny hooked barbs. More

Sensitive Brier (Catclaw Sensitive Brier) (Leaves)

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The leaves of sensitive brier are doubly compound, with tiny leaflets that are sensitive to touch and can fold and close like those of the related mimosa tree. The stems are covered with small hooked barbs. Rural children learn not to run through prairies barefoot because of the sprawling, scratchy stems of this plant, which are also called "devil's shoelaces." More

Sericea Lespedeza

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Lespedeza cuneata
Decades ago, sericea lespedeza was introduced in hopes it would provide hay, improve pastures, stop soil erosion, and supply food and cover for wildlife. Unfortunately, it has proven to be an aggressive, invasive weed that is extremely difficult to control, escapes cultivation, and outcompetes native plants. More

Sericea Lespedeza

Photo of large group of sericea lespedeza plants
Decades ago, sericea lespedeza was introduced in hopes it would provide hay, improve pastures, stop soil erosion, and supply food and cover for wildlife. Unfortunately, it has proven to be an aggressive, invasive weed that is extremely difficult to control, escapes cultivation, and outcompetes native plants. More