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About (Astragalus douglasii) Astragalus douglasii is a species of milkvetch known by the common name Douglas' milkvetch. It is native to California and Baja California, where it can be found in many types of desert, valley, chaparral and woodlands, and montane habitats. Astragalus douglasii is a bushy perennial herb producing a number of erect or prostrate stems up to a meter long. The abundant leaves are up to 18 centimeters long and are made up of oval-shaped leaflets. The open inflorescence holds up to 30 whitish to pale yellow flowers, each about a centimeter long. Astragalus douglasii is a bushy perennial herb producing a number of erect or prostrate stems up to a meter long. The abundant leaves are up to 18 centimeters long and are made up of oval-shaped leaflets. The open inflorescence holds up to 30 whitish to pale yellow flowers, each about a centimeter long. The fruit is an inflated legume pod up to 6 centimeters long and 3 wide which dries to a thin, papery texture. Varieties: There are three varieties of Astragalus douglasii:A. d. var. douglasii - limited to CaliforniaA. d. var. parishii (Parish's milkvetch) - found throughout the mountain ranges of Southern CaliforniaA. d. var. perstrictus (Jacumba milkvetch) - rare variety limited to San Diego County, California, and northern Baja California
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-122' - 10041'

Annual Precip. ?
3.2" - 49.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.19"

Coldest Month ?
28.6° F - 59.7° F

Hottest Month ?
53.3° F - 88.0° F

Humidity ?
0.58 vpd - 38.67 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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