Dalea neomexicana  Downy Prairie Clover
PERENNIAL.  Stems prostrate but flowerheads erect. Leaves bluish green, pinnate, with silky hairy spatulate leaflets that are distinctly crinkled along the edges.  Flowers tricolored white, greenish yellow, dusty pink.  Blooms in April-May.  D. mollissima (not yet found in the Empires) is very similar but stems and leafstalks are covered in glandular black dots and flowers are brighter colored. Uncommon in disturbed gravel, roadsides, etc.
FAMILY:  Fabaceae (Pea Family)