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Oxytropis campestris (L.) DC.
Field locoweed, Northern field oxytrope, Northern yellow locoweed
USDA Symbol: oxca4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A tufted plant with basal, pinnately compound leaves up to 12 in. long, each with up to 30 silky-haired leaflets. Flower stalks rise 12 in. and bear many flowers in a dense spike. The flowers are yellow or occasionally white, and are sometimes tinged with purple.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
AK , CO , ID , ME , MN , MT , ND , OR , SD , UT , WA , WI , WY Canada: NB
, SK Native Distribution:
N. AK to Lab., s. in the western mts. & the Black Hills Native Habitat:
Dry, sandy or gravelly places USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun Soil Description:
Sands & gravels. Conditions Comments:
Associated with rhizobial bacteria. Soil inoculants are available at many native
Propagate by seed por division. Sow seeds in desired permanent location. Stem
cutting are difficult to root. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Germination is greatly enhanced by scarification. Commercially Avail:
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff