Grass Family : ( Poaceae : Eragrosteae )
Latin Name : Astragalus lindheimeri
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Wildlife – good
Livestock – good
Also known as, “Lindheimer milkvetch”. Flowers March to May. Adapted to gravelly limestone soils where vegetation is sparse. Prairie hillsides, rocky bluffs, brushy ravines, stream valleys, and roadsides. This plant is quite conspicuous in the areas where it occurs. The flowers often open before the leaves have fully developed giving the appearance of solid patches of purple. This plant is very aromatic and omits a pleasant, grape like smell. Milkvetch is often confused with the true vetches (Vicia spp.), but lacks the tendrils of vetches. This plant is preferred by deer and is occasionally grazed by livestock. Although this plant is closely related to “Locoweeds”, it is not toxic to livestock.