Oct. 13, 2021

trailing bushclover, Lespedeza procumbens

Trailing bushclover borrows its bushclover name from relatives that have a much taller and bushier nature. These stems sprawl along the ground, sending up short flowering stems with quarter-inch blooms. Trailing bushclover is a Michigan rarity, found only three times, none likely to be current. One of the delights of wildflower excursions is seeing these plants that we can no longer find near home. Trailing bushclover grows mostly in forest openings in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, and WV. Scioto Co OH, 10/2/21. Bean family, Fabaceae.