|Desmodium flower 1/4" Missouriplants.com|
|Seed pods - Missouri Extension|
|Desmodium 9, Smokey 0 - REK|
When I scrape a cluster of seed off my legs, I try to tell myself that they are a great native plant. They serve as a food source for deer and birds Lots of insects such as weevils, beetles, leaf eating larvae and aphids eat them, many of which are then eaten by quail. Best yet, they are the host plant for caterpillars of the Eastern Tailed Blue, Everes comyntas, and the Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus. OK, I guess the trade off for a picture like Jon Rapp's below is worth a little scraping of my pant legs.
|Eastern Tailed Blues - Jon Rapp|
Our favorite plant resources:
MONPS - Missouri Native Plant Society Facebook page can frequently identify a species.
Missouriplants.com lets you search by color and leaf arrangement.
http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/ has encyclopedic information on our native species. The quickest way is to Google Illinois Wildflowers and the species name.