Astragalus mollissimus Torr.
Purple locoweed, Woolly loco, Woolly locoweed, Woolly milkvetch, Wooly loco, Wooly locoweed
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: ASMO7
Woolly loco gets its name from the many soft hairs that cover its leaves and stems. The plant is 12–18 inches tall, with many sprawling branches that turn upward, forming a rounded clump. Leaves are 6–10 inches long, made up of 20–30 leaflets, thickly covered with silky hairs. The flowers are on the upper 2–4 inches of the stem and grow in clusters. They have 5 sepals and 5 lavender-to-purple petals (248).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Pinnate
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Astragalus mollissimus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Astragalus mollissimus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Astragalus mollissimus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff