Astragalus coccineus Brandegee
Scarlet Locoweed, Scarlet Milkvetch
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: ASCO6
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV
Native Distribution: Southeastern California to western Arizona and northern Baja California.
Native Habitat: Open gravelly ridges and benches with pinyon, juniper, or sagebrush.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Astragalus coccineus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Astragalus coccineus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Astragalus coccineus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff