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Astragalus coccineus (Scarlet locoweed)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Astragalus coccineus

Astragalus coccineus Brandegee

Scarlet Locoweed, Scarlet Milkvetch

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: ASCO6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Long, red "pea flowers" angle upward in loose heads above tufted, white, woolly, pinnately compound leaves.

Of the several low, tufted western Astragalus species with plump, woolly pods, this is the most spectacular. The unusually long red flowers, a rare color in the genus, are positioned to be easily accessible to hummingbirds.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Flower: Red

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: Southeastern California to western Arizona and northern Baja California.
Native Habitat: Open gravelly ridges and benches with pinyon, juniper, or sagebrush.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Astragalus coccineus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Astragalus coccineus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Astragalus coccineus


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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