Pink Milkvetch (10)

The Astragalus genus is very large and individual species are identified by their seed pod rather than their flower or leaves. Common names include Milkvetch and Locoweed. Flowers are in clusters and have five petals, a banner, wings and keel. The lower petal, the keel, of the Milkvetch is rounded while the Locoweed is pointed. All of them have leaves divided into leaflets. These are a few of the many that have pinkish flowers. See Blue/Purple Milkvetch and White Milkvetch for more. The identification is not 100% certain.

Astragalus mollissimus

Woolly Milkvetch
Astragalus mollissimus

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA: Purple Locoweed, Woolly Locoweed
Picture taken on: May 6, 2010
Location: Black Canyon NP, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Sandy areas, openings, canyons

Appears silvery with many, small, hairy, grayish leaflets and plump, hairy seed pods. One of the first Milkvetch to bloom in the spring.

Woolly Milkvetch

Astragalus ceramicus var. filifolius

Painted Milkvetch
Astragalus ceramicus var. filifolius

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: June 10, 2008
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry, sandy areas

Growing 4" to 12" with a few threadlike leaves (in background of photo). Flowers are off-white to pinkish/purplish. The seed pods are up to 2" long and ½" across, mottled red and white, on a short stalk.

Astragalus ceramicus var. filifolius

Painted Milkvetch
Astragalus ceramicus var. ceramicus

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: April 27, 2015
Location: Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry, sandy areas

Grows sprawling over the ground only a few inches high with narrow, folded, hairy, gray-green leaflets. The flowers are pink to purple and about ¼" long. Pods are inflated, mottled red and an inch long.

Astragalus cottamii

Cottam's Milkvetch
Astragalus cottamii (A. monumentalis var.cottamii)

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA:
Picture taken on: May 10, 2010
Location: Little Wildhorse Canyon, UT
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Dry rocky areas, canyons

Only 2" high with very hairy, small leaflets. The flower has a white banner with lilac stripes and purple wings and keel. The calyx is hairy. The seed pod is hairy, curved and plump with usually purplish spots.

Identified from New Mexico Rare Plants.

Astragalus gracilis

Slender Milkvetch
Astragalus gracilis

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA:
Picture taken on: April 26, 2010
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Roadsides, dry, grassy areas

Growing 12"-18" with a hairy stem and sparse gray leaves, erect and sprawling. Flowers are pink-lavender. Seed pods 1" long, hairy and freckled with red.

Slender Milkvetch

Astragalus flexuosus

Flexile Milkvetch
Astragalus flexuosus

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA: Limber Vetch, Wiry Milkvetch, Slender Milkvetch
Picture taken on: May 11, 2015
Location: Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Dry rocky areas

Grows sprawling to 20" with erect flower stalks and narrow, grayish leaves. Flowers are whitish to pinkish-purple and less than ½" long with white stripes in the banner. Seedpods are mottled green and slender, ½" to 1" long dangling down stem.

Astragalus laxmannii

Laxmann's Milkvetch
Astragalus laxmannii (A. adsurgens var. robustior)

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA: Prairie Milkvetch
Picture taken on: May 10, 2010
Location: Little Wildhorse Canyon, UT
Life Zones: Foothills
Habitat: Dry, sandy, rocky areas

Grows in clumps to 10" with small, hairy, folded, gray leaflets. Tiny pink/lavender flowers with a white throat and pink stripes grow in cylindrical clusters at the top of the stem.

Astragalus newberryi

Newberry's Milkvetch
Astragalus newberryi var. newberryi

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA:
Picture taken on: March 25, 2015
Location: Plaza Blanca, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Foothills
Habitat: Dry sandy rocky areas

Grows low to the ground with 5 to11 silvery leaflets. Flower is bright pink/purple with a lighter center and is over 1" long. Seed pods are curved and covered in silky, white hairs.

Astragalus shortianus

Short's Milkvetch
Astragalus shortianus

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA: Leatherpod Loco, Early Purple Milkvetch
Photo taken on: June 15, 2009
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry slopes, roadsides

Grows to 6" with leaning stems and silky oval leaflets. Flowers are rose-purple. Seed pods are 1-2" long, fleshy, curved upwards and turn leathery with age.

Astragalus amphioxys

Crescent Milkvetch
Astragalus amphioxys

Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
AKA:
Picture taken on: May 8, 2015
Location: USPS, Española, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry, sandy, pinyon-juniper woodlands

Grows to about 1 foot high with grayish arching leaflets. Flowers are pink/purple up to 1 ¼" long. Seed pods are about 1" long, slightly hairy and curved, crescent-shaped.

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