Astragalus canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Medium to tall, rhizomatous short-lived perennial native legume with creamy greenish-white flowers, blooming June to September. Adapted to a wide range of well-drained soils, preferring wet meadows, forests, riverbanks and marshy sites; up to 9,000 ft. elevation. Useful for riparian restoration and erosion control; slow establishing. Pollinated by native bees and butterflies. Not tolerant of extreme cold.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Fabaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/Herb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Stoloniferous

Mature Height: 6 in.

Bloom Color: White

Bloom Period: Mid-summer

Annual Precipitation: 20-50 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status: FAC

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: High

Nitrogen fixation: Low

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: No

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No 

Salinity Tolerance: None

CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

pH Range: 6.0-8.0


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 270,500

Seeding Rate: 15-17 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall/Spring

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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