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Astragalus mollissimus

Woolly locoweed, Purple locoweed, Woolly loco, Woolly milkvetch, Wooly loco, Wooly locoweed

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Astragalus mollissimus (Woolly locoweed)
Cressler, Alan
Woolly loco gets its name from the many soft hairs that cover its leaves and stems. The plant is 1218 inches tall, with many sprawling branches that turn upward, forming a rounded clump. Leaves are 610 inches long, made up of 2030 leaflets, thickly covered with silky hairs. The flowers are on the upper 24 inches of the stem and grow in clusters. They have 5 sepals and 5 lavender-to-purple petals (248).

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Pinnate
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AZ , CO , KS , NE , NV , NM , OK , SD , TX , UT , WY

Last Update: 2014-07-29