(Greek, meaning downy flowers). Km NEY Vnrcn. Leguminosaz. Perennial herbs, or some what shrubby, prized for their spikes or heads of yel low, purple or white fls. and usually silky pinnate foli age ; also for forage. In the Old World, prized mostly for rockwork. The cult. is the easiest, as the plants thrive even in poor soil. Prop. by seeds or division, or, rarely, by soft cuttings. Not generally known in U. S.