Plant ID forum: Wild "flower" all over the place here.

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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Sep 14, 2012 10:53 AM CST
I think it's some kind of clover? They're in 3 different colors.. white, light purple & dark purple.


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woofie
Sep 14, 2012 11:09 AM CST
Looks like alfalfa to me! Hilarious!
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threegardeners
Sep 14, 2012 11:19 AM CST
I agree
Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Sep 14, 2012 11:51 AM CST
OK, Alfalfa it is! huh. Is that a wild plant? I see it in feral city lots everywhere here, but never in the wild prairies.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Sep 14, 2012 12:05 PM CST
Far as I know, it's generally a cultivated crop. My neighbor recently reseeded his fields, so I have alfalfa, er, "cropping" up all over the place, both in the yard and in my planters! grrrr, it's kind of hard to pull out, too, because it has a deep taproot.
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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Sep 14, 2012 12:16 PM CST
I remember as a kid near Roswell NM that the farmers would plant alfalfa and let it go fallow for the year, then plow it under in the fall to give nutrients back to the soil for the following year. They grow a lot of chile out that way and chile can take a lot of nutrients out of the soil. But never was up close to an alfalfa field, so never really saw it. And I didn't think it was clover because, while the leaves look vaguely clover-like, they were too spread out to be clover. I have wild clover that pops up in my yard.. now THAT'S an evil taproot! But the honest-to-worst taproot I've ever seen on a non-tree has got to be buffalo gourd. It was my job as a teenager to keep our 5 acres as free of that plant as possible - mainly because it smelled like rotten armpits. So I'd have to dig them out whenever I saw them. One plant I missed for an entire summer. So, armed with a pickax & 2 shovels, I went at it. I finally said to HELL with it when I dug a hole big enough that I jumped in.. and was completely covered! The hole was almost 6' deep and I *still* hadn't gotten to the tip of the root. Damned root was about 5" thick at the top, too. Biggest thing about this was I didn't even get a Thank you from my parents.. more like, "why did you stop digging?" I showed them the hole, going so far as to jumping in and showing that it was as deep as I was tall, and my mom picked up the shovel & threatened to start burying me! I scrambled out pretty quick...
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Sep 14, 2012 12:25 PM CST
Parents can be such a joy. Just ask my son.......... Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Sep 14, 2012 1:18 PM CST
American vetch, maybe?
American vetch (Vicia americana)
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Sep 14, 2012 1:39 PM CST
Oh, good thought, Shar! I didn't think of vetch because my garden has been invaded by my neighbor's alfalfa. And vetch does grow wild, doesn't it?
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Sharon
Sep 14, 2012 1:54 PM CST
Sure does.
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woofie
Sep 14, 2012 1:56 PM CST
We don't seem to have it here, but we surely did down in Oregon!
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jmorth
Sep 14, 2012 2:17 PM CST
possible --> Slender Bush Clover Lespedeza virginica
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Sep 15, 2012 9:36 AM CST
A few links for comparison
http://www.dalswildlifesite.com/grasslandvetches.htm

Lespedeza virginica doesn't show up in Colorado

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=levi7
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Sep 15, 2012 10:25 AM CST
I'm going to go with alfalfa. I can readily believe that's what it is. However I appreciate all the suggestions!!!

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