Illinois Bundleflower

Illinois Bundleflower
Illinois Bundleflower
 Iralee Barnard

Illinois Bundleflower
Desmanthus illinoensis

 

Family Bean
Longevity Perennial
Height 2 - 4 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Stems are erect, branched and bushy. Alternate leaves are 2-4 inches long with many tiny, lance-shaped leaflets. Small, white flowers are crowded in spherical heads near the ends of the stems.
  • Comments: Illinois Bundleflower tolerates a wide range of soil conditions but is most common in moist soil statewide. The dark-brown, curved seed pods twist together forming a showy cluster. The pods stay on the plant into winter after the leaves have fallen. Bundleflower seeds provide high quality food for Northern Bobwhites, Greater Prairie-Chickens and other wildlife. This plant is a range condition indicator and is seldom seen in grazed pastures because of high palatability to livestock. It is locally abundant along roadsides and in ungrazed prairies.

 

Illinois Bundleflower Pods
Illinois Bundleflower Pods
 Iralee Barnard

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