Butterfly in the Meadow

Well, sort of! I spotted this lovely Butterfly Pea, Clitoria mariana, blooming in the airport approach path  where the trees are cut periodically to keep vegetation low. And right beside it is another member of the pea family, Goat’s Rue, Tephrosia virginiana, which has already gone to seed.  That latter plant is known for the poisonous chemical rotenone, which is found throughout the plant. Native Americans used it for fishing — they would toss crushed stems into the water, and the fish, rendered unconscious, would float to the surface.

 

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