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Astragalus canadensis
Canada milk-vetch

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Prairies, stream banks, ditches, ponderosa pine forest openings, and seasonally moist alkaline flats in sagebrush.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


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Accepted Name:
Astragalus canadensis L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 757. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
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var. brevidens – Canada milk-vetch    Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; south-central British Columbia to California, east to Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada.
var. canadensis – Canada milk-vetch   Occurring east of the Cascades crest in northeastern Washington; central British Columbia to northeastern Washington, east to the Atlantic Coast.
var. mortonii – Morton's Canadian milkvetch    Okanogan County, Washington, east to Idaho and Montana
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Astragalus canadensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Astragalus canadensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Astragalus canadensis photos.

USDA Plants: Astragalus canadensis information.

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