Family, Pulse. Color, pale lemon or white, marked with deep pink or purple. More fully analyzed, of the papilionaceous corolla the standard is a greenish yellow, broad, turned back in the full-blossomed flower, the rowings cohere with the keel which is a pale yellow tipped and marked with rose. Leaves, compound, with 9 to 29 leaflets, one odd, terminating the stem, all tipped with a minute point. June and July.
Sandy soil from New Hampshire to Minnesota and southward, common near the coast. Roots long and slender, with a toughness which gives the name catgut. The plant grows erect, 1 to 2 feet, with thick, brittle stems, in large clumps, in sandy soil, especially edging pine woods. The flowers grow-in long panicles, through which are scattered a few leaves. The panicle is often ragged-looking, the blossoms below being withered and dried. The entire plant is white, silky, hairy. The blossoms, with their striking color and large size, make a showy plant.
T. spicata. - A straggling, branching species, covered with brownish hairs, with few reddish flowers in a loose, interrupted spike, borne on a long peduncle. Leaflets of the pinnate leaves, 9 to 15, broad, oblong or wedge-shaped, generally notched. 2 feet high. May to July.
Dry soil from Delaware and Virginia southward.
T. hispidula. - Color, deep crimson. Slender-stemmed, straggling, 2 feet high or less. 2 to 4 flowers in a spike on a long peduncle. Leaves, similar to the last. May to July.
Range the same as the last.