Snakeroot - Sampson's (Orbexilum pedunculatum)
Sampson's Snakeroot is a member of the pea family and has characteristic trifoliate leaves and flowers held in a raceme. The purple flowers can be in bloom for three months. Reaching about a foot in height, this plant has been used as a ground cover and erosion control in well drained areas. Sampson's Snakeroot is native to the south eastern region of the US, but has been found as far north as Michigan.
Sun Exposure - Full, Partial
Soil Moisture - Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Height - 12 inches
Bloom Time - May, June, July
Bloom Color - Purple
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.