Salton Milkvetch

Common Names:
Salton Milkvetch
Scientific name:
Astragalus crotalariae
Elevation range:
-150-800 ft.
Flowering Months:
January, February, March, April
Height | Length:
6-24 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
Notes:
Rare, TOXIC
State Occurrences:
California Rare Plant Rank:
4.3--Watch list
Desert region:
Sonoran

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Salton Milkvetch in the desert

Astragalus crotalariae is a perennial herb in the Fabaceae (Pea) family.  Fish Creek, Anza Borrego Desert State Park | February 2014

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Salton Milkvetch in the desert

Astragalus crotalariae has many branching green stems with oval, pinnately arranged leaves. It grows to a height of about 2 ft.  Fish Creek, Anza Borrego Desert State Park | February 2009

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Salton Milkvetch in the desert

The inflorescence of Astragalus crotalariae is a spike of loosely arranged dark pink flowers that age to a purple color. Borrego Badlands, Anza Borrego Desert State Park | December 2005

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Salton Milkvetch in the desert

Astragalus crotalariae in the middle of nowhere. Borrego Badlands, Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2008