Fabaceae (Pea) Family
Plant is an upright or sprawling shrub with bristly twigs of previous years growth. Preferred habitat is roadsides, waste sites and thin woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate on the stem; pinnately compound; leaflets being widest at the middle to egg-shaped and having no teeth or lobes.
Flowers are clusters in a raceme emerging from the leaf axil. The flower has five petals that are rose to reddish purple and the stamens are united. Flowering occurs in the summer.
Fruit is a legume.
These plants are known to be invasive and often need root pruning to control.