Astragalus Canadensis: Canada Milk Vetch NEW!

Astragalus Canadensis: Canada Milk Vetch NEW!
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  • Item #: AstCan
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  • Native To Mountain Regions:
  • Native to Piedmont Regions:
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  • Perennial:
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Price $4.00
5 or more $3.50 each
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Botanic Name (s):  Astragalus Canadensis

Common Name: Canada Milk Vetch, Locoweed


This stout, erect-stemmed, often branched perennial grows 1-4 ft. tall. Leaves are pinnately-compound. Many whitish to pale yellow or greenish pea flowers hanging down slightly in dense racemes atop often clustered, leafy stems.

Plant Characteristics
Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Complexity: Pinnate
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Leaf: Green
Flower: Flowers 6 mm
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom Information
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
USA: AL , AR , CA , CO , CT , DC , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: MB , ON , QC , SK
Native Distribution: S.w. Que. to Hudson Bay & B.C., s. to GA mts., TX, s.w. UT & n. CA
Native Habitat: Moist to dry prairies; stream banks; open woods
Growing Conditions
Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist to mesic soils
Use Wildlife: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Warning: All plants in the genus Astragalus are potentially toxic to humans and animals if ingested, causing a disorder called locoism. The milk from an animal that has ingested Astragalus plants may also be toxic. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a person’s age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plant’s different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies , Hummingbirds
Larval Host: Western Tailed Blue
Value to Beneficial Insects
Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

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