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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Astragalus coccineus Brandegee
Scarlet Locoweed, Scarlet milkvetch
USDA Symbol: ASCO6
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Long, red pea flowers angle upward in loose heads above tufted, white, woolly, pinnately compound leaves.
Of the several low, tufted western Astragalus species with plump, woolly pods, this is the most spectacular. The unusually long red flowers, a rare color in the genus, are positioned to be easily accessible to hummingbirds.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
, NV Native Distribution:
Southeastern California to western Arizona and northern Baja California. Native Habitat:
Open gravelly ridges and benches with pinyon, juniper, or sagebrush.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff