Oxytropis sericea Nutt.
White locoweed, Silky Locoweed
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: OXSE
A densely tufted, grayish, hairy plant with racemes of white or cream pea flowers held just above basal leaves on long stalks.
This species has been implicated in the poisoning of domestic livestock. In some areas it has purple petals, the result of hybridization with Purple Locoweed (O. lambertii), but the hairs on the hybrids leaves are attached by the base rather than by a bisecting stalk.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CO , ID , KS , MT , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WY
Canada: AB , SK
Native Distribution: Western Canada south across Montana to southern Idaho, northeastern Nevada, and southern Utah, and on western Great Plains to central New Mexico, central Oklahoma, and northern Texas.
Native Habitat: Prairies, mountain meadows, and open mountain slopes.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
BenefitWarning: Plant poisonous
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Oxytropis sericea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Oxytropis sericea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Oxytropis sericea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-06
Research By: TWC Staff