Fabaceae (Pea) Family
Plant is a sprawling or high climbing perennial vine; deep taproot. Preferred habitat is roadsides, the margin of forests, fence rows and old pastures. Distribution is scattered in the Escambia region.
Leaves are 2-6 inches long, larger at mid-stem, prominent veins, blunt pointed, pinched at the tip; forms an angle to the left; leathery. Young leaves are hairy beneath, shiny green above, whitish below; arising from a winged stem in pairs on a stout winged stalk. No teeth and no lobes. Stems are flattened (like a sweet pea).
Flowers are rose-purple in a terminal raceme; keel darker
than banner; bisexual;
Fruit is a legume.
Common sense would dictate that this plant does not grow
and bloom in our area as it is considered a New England climber.
However, it is here and seems to enjoy our