Stem. - Three or four feet high. Leaves. - Divided into from six to nine pairs of narrowly oblong leaflets. Flowers. - Yellow, in short clusters from the axils of the leaves. Calyx. - Of five sepals. Corolla. - Of five slightly unequal, spreading petals, usually somewhat spotted with reddish brown. Stamens. - Five to ten, unequal, some of them often imperfect. Pistil. - One. Pod. - Long and narrow, slightly curved, flat.
This tall, striking plant, with clusters of yellow flowers which appear in midsummer, grows abundantly along many of the New England roadsides, and also far south and west, thriving best in sandy soil. Although a member of the Pulse family its blossoms are not papilionaceous.