A unique legume that produces grape-like fruits that are often hidden around the base of the plant.
Limited quantities available by inquiry only.
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Blooms: May – June
Suggested Uses: Ground Plum is a wonderful plant for upland restoration projects that provides a food source for prairie wildlife and fixes nitrogen. Fruit at the base of the plants look a bit like grapes. This is a really cool plant to include in an educational garden.
Native Range: Native throughout the Great Plains. Native to the western half of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies and moths.
Flowers: Tubular flowers arranged in a raceme.
Leaves: The leaves are divided into a feather-like arrangement of many ovate or lance-shaped leaflets.
Food Uses: The fruits are edible. They are very juicy and taste a little like pea pods.
Other Names: Buffalo Bean
More information: USDA plant profile