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Canadian Milkvetch
Astragalus canadensis
  
About Canadian Milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Astragalus canadensis is a common and widespread member of the milkvetch genus in the legume family, known commonly as Canadian milkvetch. The plant is found throughout Canada and the United States in many habitats including wetlands, woodlands, and prairies. It sends out several thin, erect, green stems, bearing leaves that are actually made up of pairs of leaflets, each leaflet up to 3 centimeters in length. It has flower clusters of tubular, greenish-white flowers which yield beanlike fruits within pods that rattle when dry. Like other Astragalus species, A. canadensis is somewhat toxic, but it has been used medicinally by Native American groups such as the Blackfoot and Lakota people, particularly the roots.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
0.5 - 1.8 ft tall

Form
Form
Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Green

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers loamy soils

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Spring-moist places with heavy soils

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 9.7" - 66.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.93" - 2.09", Coldest Month: 24.9" - 34.1", Hottest Month: 52.0" - 63.0", Humidity: 0.59" - 18.60", Elevation: 1568" - 8242"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Canada Milkvetch, Canadian Milk-vetch


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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