Astragalus crassicarpus Nutt.
Groundplum milkvetch, Ground plum
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: ascr2
Crassicarpus means thick fruit.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AR , AZ , CO , IA , IL , KS , LA , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , SK
Native Habitat: Prairie, Meadow, Field
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
BenefitUse Food: Immature pods used raw, cooked or pickled. Caution: some species are poisonus.
Warning: Plant poisonous
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Afranius Duskywing (Erynnis afranius)
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Astragalus crassicarpus is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Afranius Duskywing |
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0184 Collected Feb 17, 1992 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0067 Collected May 24, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-646 Collected 2008-06-16 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Astragalus crassicarpus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Astragalus crassicarpus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Astragalus crassicarpus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff