|Scientific Name||Astragalus missouriensis||USDA PLANTS Symbol||ASMI10|
|Common Name||Missouri Milkvetch||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||25585|
|Description||Habitat: Dry, sandy areas in prairies, meadows and roadsides.
Plant: Prostrate perennial with few to several hairy stems 1/2 to 6 inches long.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound leaves 1-5/8 to 5-1/2 inches long with each blade divided into 11 to 17 individual elliptic to narrowly obovate leaflets 1/4 to 3/4-inch long usually with pointed tips and densely-covered with appressed hairs on both surfaces giving a gray-green appearance.
Inflorescence: Short racemes on 1½ to 4-inch stems with 3 to 10 typical pea-like flowers; each flower with a broad upright banner, lavender to bright purple with white center and 1/2-inch or more long; two smaller lavender to bright purple lateral petals and keel; calyx up to 1/2-inch long and covered with appressed hairs, lobes pointed.
Bloom Period: March to June.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses and American Southwest.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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