Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family
Description Often occuring in patches, these perennials bear at least 8-10 slender, 1-2 ft. stems and groups of short, narrow leaflets. Tiny, individual flowers cluster around a cylinder-like cone. The bright, white flowers start as a ring around the base of the cone and work upward as the season advances.
Flower July - August.
Flower July - August
Habitat Dry prairies; open woods.
Range E. Indiana to s.e. Saskatchewan and Dakotas, south to South Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas.
Discussion Like other members of the pea family, this plant requires the presence of microorganisms that inhabit nodules on the plant's root system and produce nitrogen compounds necessary for the plant's survival.
Comments Like other members of the pea family, this plant requires the presense of microorganisms which inhabit nodules on the plant's root system and produce nitrogen compounds necessary for the plant's survival. Soil/seed inoculum is available at most native plant nurseries.
Exposure Preference Sun.
Native Distribution E. Indiana to s.e. Saskatchewan & Montana, s. to Tennessee, Louisiana & Texas
Site Preference Dry prairies; open woods
Soil Preference Well-drained soils.