Pediomelum argophyllum (Pursh) J. Grimes

silvery scurfpea ~ Pediomelum argophyllum (Pursh) J. Grimes 10JL11-02
silvery scurfpea ~ Pediomelum argophyllum (Pursh) J. Grimes 10JL11-01

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characteristics

Upright stemmed perennial with many branches; often growing in a somewhat tangled fashion. Attractive silvery foliage is due to a dense covering of fine white hairs. Leaves are 3 to 5 obovate leaflets. Small clusters of tiny blue-purple flowers bloom at the stem tip. In the fall stems break off to blow with the wind, like tumbleweed. A member of the pea family.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P CW 0.7 0.4 S F-M D-DM - - - silver silver blue violet

habitat

Fields, ditches and slopes.

uses

Durable green stems used for basket-making by North American aboriginals.

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T = type: A = annual | B = biennial | P = perennial | SS = subshrub | D = deciduous | C = coniferous
██ = cold stratify | ██ = cold stratify & scarify | ██ = plant directly | ██ = scarify | ██ = not from seed
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N2 = nitrogen fixing: = yes
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