Branched and spreading subshrub with roots reaching a depth up to 4.5 m. Stems and greyish-green leaves are covered with fine white hairs giving it a frosted appearance. Spikes of light to dark purple flowers with bright orange stamens make this an attractive shrub. A distinctive prairie plant. A member of the pea family.
Very slow growing.
195,333 seeds/pound; starts from seed, bare root, cuttings.
Prairie, woods. Prefers dry areas.
Attracts a variety of bees, wasps, and butterfly caterpillars. Palatable to deer, rabbit and livestock.