Etymology: Strophostyles: from strophe for "a turning" and stylos for "a style"
Plants: twining, annual, up to 40" long, herbaceous vine
Leaves: mostly smooth, stalked, oval, 1/2"-3" long, 3-parted, some with side lobes
Flowers: pink to purple, 5-parted, 1/2" long; inflorescence a loose, long-stalked head of stalkless flowers
Fruits: 1 1/2"-3 1/2" long, rounded pod coiling when open; several woolly seeds
Habitat: dry; in sandy soil and cinders
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4, Wetland Indicator = FAC+ USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions