A native of the prairie, this perennial has a distinctive wreath of tiny white flowers around a spike. The flowers bloom for about a month in early to mid-summer.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Pea
- Family (botanic) Fabaceae
- Tree or plant type Perennial
- Native locale Chicago area
- Size range Medium plant (12-24 inches), Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Light exposure Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8
- Soil preference Dry soil, Sandy soil
- Tolerances Dry sites, Occasional drought
- Season of interest early summer, midsummer, late summer
- Flower color and fragrance Fragrant, White
- Shape or form Upright
- Growth rate Fast, Moderate