Milkvetch

Milkvetch

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LATIN NAME
Astragalus lindheimeri

LONGEVITY
Perennial

SEASON
Warm

ORIGIN
Native

DETAILS
• Also known as, “Lindheimer milkvetch”.
• Flowers March to May.
• Adapted to gravelly limestone soils where vegetation in sparse. Prairie hillsides, rocky bluffs, brushy ravines, stream valleys, and roadsides.
• This plant is quite conspicuous in the areas where it occurs. The flowers often open before the leaves have fully developed giving the appearance of solid patches of purple.
• Very aromatic and omits a pleasant, grape-like smell.
• Milkvetch is often confused with the true vetches (Vicia spp.), but lacks the tendrils of vetches.
• Is preferred by deer and is occasionally grazed by livestock.
• Although closely related to “Locoweeds”, it is not toxic to livestock.

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