Desmanthus illinoensis
(Illinois Bundleflower)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Illinois Bundleflower, Prairie Mimosa, Prairie Bundle Flower, Prickleweed
    Synonyms: Acuan illinoense, Mimosa illinoensis
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - July
    Status: Native

Desmanthus illinoensis, or Illinois Bundleflower, is native to most of the central United States. It is a hardy perennial, which grows in prairies, meadows, and along lake shores, river banks and woodland edges. It blooms in mid summer, with feathery white flowers.

This plant is similar to Mimosa species, but its leaves do not close when touched, its stems much less spiny and its flowers are white, not pink.

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