Fremont's dalea Fabaceae Psorothamnus
fremontii (Torr. ex A. Gray) Barneby
|Leaf: Alternate, deciduous with drought or cold, pinnately compound with 3-9 leaflets per leaf, to 3 inches long but usually shorter; leaflets narrowly ovate to linear, to 1 inch long, entire edges, light blue-gray.
Flower: Attractive, pea-like, deep purple-blue, 1/3 inch long, occur at the ends of twigs in long (to 5 inch) clusters, appearing in spring slightly before or with the leaves.
Fruit: Small, odd-looking one-seeded legume, 3/8 inch, egg-shaped, pointed end, covered in dark red glands.
Twig: Slender yellow-green to blue-green; heavily-branched and somewhat spine-tipped.
Bark: Light gray-brown and smooth.
Form: Densely branched, somewhat thorny, multistemmed shrub to 3 feet tall, becoming gnarled with age.
Looks like: Schott indigobush
- desert smoke tree
| Additional Range Information:
Psorothamnus fremontii is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Fremont's dalea.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson