Apr. 6, 2020

violet bushclover, Lespedeza frutescens

Last year, I realized I didn't have digital images of this bushclover. I went looking at a site where I had seen it in the 1980's. That was at the edge of an oak woods along a road. Found plenty of plants, none in bloom. It looked like I would need another trip. Then I turned around. Over the years it has migrated to the other side, in an open field. Plenty of flowers there in the sun. But they are kind of a messy bunch, spread out and pointing any which way. So here's an image of any which way. Each flower is about a quarter inch. They are bush clovers because they're related to regular clovers, but larger and of course more bushy. Violet grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 8/20/19. Bean family, Fabaceae.