Three Creeks Conservation Area is in Boone County (halfway between Columbia and Ashland).
A native bushy perennial with 3-parted compound leaves and showy, upright stalks of blue pea-flowers. Flowers showy, in the typical pea-family configuration, blue to violet, on upright racemes that can be 12 inches long. Blooms May-June. Leaves alternate, on short petioles, trifoliate (cloverlike), bluish green, green, or gray green, hairless, with margins entire (lacking teeth). The seedpods are inflated, lack hairs, are about 2½ inches long, and have a sharply pointed tip; they turn black upon maturity, and the seeds rattle around in the dry pods.
Habitat and Conservation
Where to See Species
This 747-acre forested conservation area lies in parts of Pemiscot and New Madrid counties. The tract was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1986 in memory of John L.