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Oxytropis campestris (Field locoweed)
Weyand, Phyllis

Oxytropis campestris

Oxytropis campestris (L.) DC.

Field Locoweed, Northern Field Oxytrope, Northern Yellow Locoweed

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: OXCA4

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

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AK , CO , ID , ME , MN , MT , ND , OR , SD , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NS , SK
Native Distribution: N. AK to Lab., s. in the western mts. & the Black Hills
Native Habitat: Dry, sandy or gravelly places

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sands & gravels.
Conditions Comments: Associated with rhizobial bacteria. Soil inoculants are available at many native plant nurseries.


Description: 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: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

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


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

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