“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Leaves and stem covered with fine, silvery hairs and leaves divided into 3 narrow leaflets.
to 5 feet
July to October
A slender legume, its flowers occur in dense, rounded heads up to 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Each flower has an upper petal, two side petals and a lower lip. The flowers are creamy white with a reddish to purplish spot at the base
This species is found on prairies and savannas and is commonly used in native wildflower seed mixes. It often flowers in unmanaged warm-season grass fields and is easy to establish from seed. In winter, seed heads are chocolate brown and standout against the light tan color of warm-season grasses. Good food source for wildlife and forage for livestock.