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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Astragalus mollissimus Torr.
Purple locoweed, Woolly loco, Woolly locoweed, Woolly milkvetch, Wooly loco, Wooly locoweed
USDA Symbol: asmo7
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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).
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Pinnate Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff