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Nuttall's Milkvetch
Astragalus nuttallii
About Nuttall's Milkvetch (Astragalus nuttallii) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Astragalus nuttallii is a species of milkvetch known by the common name Nuttall's milkvetch. It is native to California and Baja California, where it grows in the sandy soils of coastal habitat. This is a perennial herb forming thick, tangled clumps of hairy to hairless stems up to a meter in length. The abundant leaves are up to 17 centimeters in length and made up of many oval-shaped leaflets. The inflorescence is a large, dense body of up to 125 flowers, each around 1 to 1. 5 centimeters long. The flowers are dull cream-colored and sometimes purple-tinted. The fruit is an inflated legume pod up to 6 centimeters long which dries to a papery texture and contains many seeds in its single chamber. One variety of this species, the ocean bluff milkvetch (var. nuttallii) is endemic to the Central Coast of California.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.7 - 3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 18 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 10.8" - 45.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 0.77", Coldest Month: 40.9" - 51.4", Hottest Month: 57.8" - 77.5", Humidity: 0.06" - 25.90", Elevation: -253" - 3341"

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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