Etymology: Pediomelum: from the Greek for "plain apple"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1 1/2'-3' tall forb with many branches and dense, silvery hairs; woody rhizomes
Leaves: 3-5 parted on 1/2"-1 1/2" long stalks
Flowers: blue, 5-parted, 1/4" long; inflorescence a spike with 1-5 separated, dense clusters of stalkless flowers; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: densely hairy pod
Habitat: dry; prairies, plains
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos