Posted by jmorth
(central Illinois) on Apr 17, 2012 12:08 AM concerning plant:
A native (to America) plant that is drought resistant (deeply rooted). It is used in informal borders, wild gardens,and on hillsides. Very free flowering (pea type structure). Prefers sandy soil, full sun, and room to grow. In the wild, found in prairies, open woods, along streamsides and roadsides. Seed pods make good rattles. Plants in this genus were used by native Americans and settlers as a tea for internal cleaning and externally for skin wounds.