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Fabaceae - Legume / Bean
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, Museum Hill
DescriptionThis native perennial has reddish stems that vary from erect to prostrate. It has compound leaves with 11 to 21 leaflets. These leaves are smooth or lightly hairy. They are slightly folded down the middle with a very small notch on some of the tips. The seed pod has a prominent, upturned beak. It becomes papery as it dries and finally splits open.
Mature Size4 inches to 1 ft.
Flower ColorPurple, White
BloomIn April and May, loose clusters of purple, purple and white, pinkish or white pea flowers appear in racemes. Each flower is about 1/2 inch long.
Interesting FactsThe Astragalus is one of the most variable of western plants, with numerous species differing in height, flowers and pods. Identification is easiest by examining the seedpod.
Traditional and Medicinal UsesIt is considered toxic to livestock.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden SitesLeonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, Museum Hill