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Astragalus crassicarpus

Groundplum milkvetch, Ground plum

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Astragalus crassicarpus (Groundplum milkvetch)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Crassicarpus means thick fruit.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AZ , AR , CO , IL , IA , KS , LA , MN , MO , MT , NE , NM , ND , OK , SD , TX , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , SK
Native Habitat: Prairie, Meadow, Field

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry


Use Food: Immature pods used raw, cooked or pickled. Caution: some species are poisonus.
Warning: Plant poisonous
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Afranius Duskywing (Erynnis afranius)

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Astragalus crassicarpus is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Afranius Duskywing
(Erynnis afranius)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Last Update: 2012-10-03