• Growth is upright reaching a height of 1 to 3 feet.
• The small white flowers form a ball-like cluster and bloom from May to June.
• The fruit is a dense cluster of curved pods that are green when young and turn brown or black at maturity.
• The leaves are touch-sensitive, folding together when handled.
• An indicator of good range condition.
• High protein plant that is readily eaten by livestock and wildlife.
• Winter hardy and drought-resistant.
• Adapted to clay and sandy soils on prairies, waster areas, open wooded slopes, stream banks, ditches, and roadsides.