Astragalus alpinus L.
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: ASAL7
A common plant found throughout northern Canada, south as far as Nevada and New Mexico. It occurs across much of Eurasia as well.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Fruit Type: Legume
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
DistributionUSA: AK , CO , ID , ME , MN , MT , NH , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , NT , NU , ON , QC , YT
Native Distribution: Northern Eurasia and North America as far south as Nevada and New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Cool, mesic habitats along streambanks and mountain meadows
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Larval Host: Hecla Sulphur (Colias hecla), Labrador Sulphur (Colias nastes Boisduval)
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Astragalus alpinus is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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Hecla Sulphur |
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Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Astragalus alpinus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Astragalus alpinus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Astragalus alpinus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-12-15
Research By: TWC Staff