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Scarlet pea

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Behold the small flowers of scarlet pea, Indigofera miniata. This plant, a member of the legume family, lives close to the ground and might easily go unnoticed but for its flowers, which range in color from pink or salmon to the more saturated red of this specimen. I took the photograph at Austin’s Elisabet Ney Museum, whose grounds are being restored to a native prairie. As was the case yesterday, today’s photograph is one of twelve that are currently on display at the museum. For those not familiar with Elisabet Ney, a German artist who settled in Texas in the 1800s and specialized in sculpture, I encourage you to take a look at the museum’s website and Wikipedia.

For more information about Indigofera miniata, including a clickable map showing the states in the United States where this species grows, you can visit the USDA websiste.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 26, 2011 at 5:24 AM

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