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Hedysarum boreale

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Hedysarum boreale

Utah Sweetvetch, Northern Sweetvetch, Boreal Sweetvetch

Community: Semi-Desert

Brief Description

Striking pink pea blossoms on a semi-desert perennial.

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  • Showy Pink Blooms
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Attractive Seed Pods
  • Long-Blooming

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Plant Description and Details

Large, bright flowers pop out on the stems of Utah Sweetvetch, butterfly-like and plentiful. The plant sprawls out, lifting up the erect flowering branches. Leaves are soft green, hairy underneath and oblong, in an alternating pattern on each stem.Its one-of-a-kind seed pods grow as flat pods hung as chains like coins strung end-to-end. It is a much different and larger plant than the similarly-named "Utah MILKvetch" (Astragalus utahensis).

Common Names Utah Sweetvetch, Northern Sweetvetch, Boreal Sweetvetch
Community Semi-Desert
Annual Water Needs 10-15 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Flats and hills, dry, full-sun sites, across western states.
Native States CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 3
Exposure Sun
Placement Meadow plantings, filler in large perennial beds.
Mature Height 2 - 4 ft.
Mature Width 36 in.
Group Spacing 24-30 in.
Blossom Color Shades of Pink
Blooms Late Spring
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Will flower after 3-4 years of growing from seed.
Wildlife Pollinators
Plants Symbol HEBO
Family Name Fabaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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