Astragalus spatulatus (Tufted Milk-Vetch) - photos and description

Astragalus spatulatus

Astragalus spatulatus

Astragalus spatulatus

Astragalus spatulatus

Astragalus spatulatus

Astragalus spatulatus

Astragalus spatulatus

Astragalus spatulatus

General: Low growing plant with a cushion growth habit. Foliage is greenish-grey.

Flowers: Flowers are pinkish purple, 1 cm long, flowering scapes of plants measured to 10 cm tall.

Leaves: Leaves are all basal, simple, linear. Leaves 2.5 cm long and 3 mm wide. Leaves are silvery-grey pubescent on both sides.

Height: Not applicable.

Habitat: Eroded hillsides and slopes in southern Saskatchewan.

Abundance: Rare, ranked as an S2S3 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre. I would add locally abundant, the sites where I have seen them I have found them in large numbers.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken May 21st on rocky hillsides of the Frenchman River Valley, west block of the Grasslands National Park, about 400 km SW of our home in Regina, SK.