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Hedysarum occidentale

Hedysarum occidentale Greene

Western Sweet-vetch, Western Sweetvetch

Fabaceae (Pea Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Bunched stems with papery brown sheaths at base, pinnately compound leaves, and deep pink or pinkish-purple spires of nodding pea flowers in dense racemes.

In the West only four species of Hedysarum represent this northern genus of about 100 species.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: CO , ID , MT , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Washington east to Montana and south to Colorado.
Native Habitat: Meadows and open forests at high elevations.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

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


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

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