Strophostyles helvola

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Fuzzybean, Amberique-bean, Annual Sand Bean, Trailing Wild Bean
    Synonyms: Strophostyles helvula
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - September
    Status: Native

Strophostyles helvola, or Fuzzybean, is an annual vine native to the Eastern and Central United States. It grows in open woods, on pond and shore margins, in prairies, pastures, and other open disturbed areas.

There are three species of Strophostyles in the US, and they all have an overlapping distribution. They are: Strophostyles helvola, Strophostyles leiosperma, and Strophostyles umbellata. If the plant has lobes on its leaves, it is automatically Strophostyles helvola, but sometimes it has unlobed leaves also, as they all have variable leaves. More information and pictures on differentiating these species will be posted soon.

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