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Astragalus utahensis

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Astragalus utahensis

Utah Ladyfinger Milkvetch, Utah Milkvetch, Locoweed

Community: Desert

Brief Description

Magenta flowers atop desert-loving, silver foliage.

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  • Intriguing Leaf Pattern
  • White Green Color
  • Showy Magenta Flowers
  • Likes Dry Conditions

Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

Short and exquisite, Utah Ladyfinger Milkvetch is a must-have. The low-growing, silvery, pinnate leaves are striking, plus it outdoes itself with a mid-spring cover of showy hot pink flowers. The Astragalus Genus was called "Locoweed" by cattle herders of old. It is poisonous to livestock, so avoid planting where animals graze.

Common Names Utah Ladyfinger Milkvetch, Utah Milkvetch, Locoweed
Community Desert
Annual Water Needs Less than 10 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Foothills in UT, ID and NV.
Native States ID, NV, UT
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Xeric gardens, rock gardens, dry rocky hillsides. Poisonous to cattle - avoid grazing areas.
Mature Height <1 ft.
Mature Width 8 in.
Group Spacing 6 - 12 in.
Blossom Color Pink/Purple
Blooms Early Spring
Maintenance Tips Do not overwater after establishment.
Wildlife Pollinators
Plants Symbol ASUT
Family Name Fabaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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