Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Astragalus mollissimus Torrey
(Woolly Milkvetch)

Family: Fabaceae

Status: Native

By var., see Allred

Astragalus mollissimus is very silvery in appearance and has relatively large clusters of purple flowers. It is found at lower to middle elevations in fields and dry areas in canyons. It flowers early in the spring and can be found mixed in with Astragalus tephrodes and Astragalus allochrous in disturbed areas.
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Astragalus mollissimus, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., FR828, Apr. 11, 2007

Astragalus mollissimus, detail of leaflets, photo Russ Kleinman, Tyrone, Nov. 6, 2008

Astragalus mollissimus, detail of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, March 18, 2009

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