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Astragalus miser
weedy milk-vetch
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia and northern Washington east to Alberta and South Dakota, and south in the Rockies to Colorado.

Habitat: Moist meadowlands to open, dry ridges, and in grasslands and foothills to above timberline in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Greenish to grayish-hairy perennial, often with rhizomes, the stems 1-5 dm. long, prostrate to erect.


Leaves alternate, pinnate, 3-16 cm. long; leaflets 9-17, linear to oblong, 5-30 mm. long; stipules lanceolate, 2-4 mm. long, attached at the base.


Inflorescence of 3- to 10-flowered racemes on peduncles shorter or longer than the leaves; flowers spreading to erect, 8-12 mm. long, mostly white to light pinkish-purple, the banner and wings with bluish penciling, the pointed keel purplish-tipped; calyx 3-4 mm. long, the 5 teeth triangular, less than 1 mm. long; stamens 10.


Pod sessile, pendulous, linear to linear-lanceolate, 2-3 cm. long and 3-4 mm. wide, compressed, 1-celled, with neither suture intruded or grooved.

Accepted Name:
Astragalus miser Douglas ex Hook.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. miser – weedy milk-vetch
var. serotinus – weedy milk-vetch
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Astragalus miser in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Astragalus miser checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Astragalus miser atlas page.

CalPhotos: Astragalus miser photos.

USDA Plants: Astragalus miser information.

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