Oxytropis splendens (Showy Locoweed) - photos and description

Oxytropis splendens
Growing on prairie with Erigeron caespitosus

Oxytropis splendens
15 cm ruler for scale

Oxytropis splendens

Oxytropis splendens
Flowers have a pointed keel

Oxytropis splendens

Oxytropis splendens

General: Tufted plant with densely silky hairy, greyish-white foliage, usually with several scapes growing from the caudex.

Flowers: The inflorescence is in a long spike, measured to 15 cm long. Flowers are bright pink, fading to bluish-purple, measured to 15 mm long. Flowers have a pointed keel.

Leaves: Leaves pinnate with up to 60 leaflets, arranged in whorls of 3 to 6 leaflets. The leaflets are lanceolate, measured to 20 mm long and 8 mm wide.

Height: Height of scapes listed in Budd's Flora to 30 cm, we measured scapes to 48 cm tall.

Habitat: Grassland and open areas in woodlands.

Abundance: Fairly common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 30th, grassland on the slopes of the Qu'Appelle River Valley, about 30 km north of our home in Regina, SK.