Plant Database

//Plant Database

Welcome to our Plant Photo Gallery and Database. Explore, discover and learn from a collection of regularly updated descriptions, photographs and herbarium vouchers (pressed images) of diverse flora found at the two Santa Fe Botanical Garden sites.

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Astragalus lentiginosus
beakpod milkvetch, blue locoweed
Fabaceae - Legume / Bean
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, Museum Hill
  • Janice Tucker
  • Janice Tucker
  • Janice Tucker
  • Janice Tucker
  • Helen Woody
  • Helen Woody

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Full plant

This 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 Size
4 inches to 1 ft.
Flower Color
Purple, White
In 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 Facts
The 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 Uses
It is considered toxic to livestock.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden Sites
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, Museum Hill