|Nitrophila grows in the eastern alkali meadow. It is a long lived perennial
herb growing to ten inches in height. You will find it growing in the most
mineralized areas of the alkali meadow along with the lovely native white
sand spurry and salt grass. Nitrophila has very small smooth leaves and
blooms from late May through the summer months.
|The flowers are tiny and can be easily overlooked.
It was previously reported on this page that Nitrophila was a nitrogen
fixer, but Don Pratt, a taxonimist, has politely corrected this error.
Only legumes can fix nitrogen in soil.
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