“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
leaves divided into 3 to 9 shiny, narrow leaflets, each about 1-inch long and 1/8-inch wide
up to 2 feet
June to August
A slender, leafy plant that has one or more stems arising from a common base. Flowers are packed in cylindrical heads at top of branches and open in a circle around the head, from top to bottom.
Common on glades and prairies throughout Missouri. When found growing in nature, it is an indicator of quality natural areas. Like all legumes, it is easy to establish from seed if the seeds have been scarified: a process of scratching the hard seed coat which allows air and moisture to the seed. It’s not common in seed mixes.