Native? Some type of sweetpea?

modern_WVJune 10, 2014

Please help me identify this plant, growing along the rural roadway in mountainous eastern WV. Rocky soil, mountain laurel and Virginia pine are plentiful -- and then this, seems to be spreading or reseeding in steep areas. Am guessing it's some sort of vetch family by the foliage; would love to transfer some to start on a recently graded steep hill near my new construction, but no idea if it is native -- or if it will transplant successfully.

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modern_WV

Here's another pic of the same plant in a large grouping.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 10:14PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Perhaps Tephrosia virginiana. It would be better to collect seed than to dig up wild plants.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 11:15PM
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modern_WV

Thank you lycopus - that's IT! And I found some pics online if what it looks like when it goes to seed, handy seed pods and all. I'll be gathering those in the fall! Appreciate your help.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 8:32PM
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