Ground Plum: A Perennial Pea Plant With Pods that Pass for Plums
In the young days of invasion, when the "New" World laid bloom in its old form, when the buffalo gobbled as a fierce woolen mat of thunder across the plains, the the prairies were said to have been tinged with purple when Astragalus crassicarpus were in flower .
Still, portly prairie dogs tuck the pods of A. crassicarpus into their storage cellars for winter forage  after the Ground Plums stop waving their purple flags to greet the Spring.
Welcome to the little-discussed world of the Astragalus crassicarpus.
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