Astragalus amphioxys

Astragalus amphioxys 
Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Semi-desert. Open shrub and grasslands. Spring.

This Astragalus shouts out at you with large, deep magenta flowers.  You'll hear it on hot, dry hillsides early in mid-to-late spring.  Astragalus amphioxys grows in sprawling low mats of light green leaves topped by numerous clusters of flowers.  The banner petal of the flower is usually upright and slightly cupped Seed pods are swollen, curved inward, and tapered to a sharp prow-like point on both ends.

"Amphioxys" is Greek for "sharp on both ends".

Astragalus amphioxys


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