Astragalus whitneyi

Whitney's Locoweed

Tuft with spreading branches. Stems point upward with lower leaf stalks fused around stem. Leaflets 13–19, oblong. Flowers well separated, cream; upper petal in some varieties pink or purple. Seedpods are large, inflated, egg-shaped bladders, somewhat transparent, green to tan blotched with red. Grows in rocky soils at mid- to high elevations. When dry you can hear the seed rattle inside large inflated chamber. There are 3 varieties in Oregon and Washington.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 2--10 inches
  • Habitat: Subalpine, Alpine
  • Found In: Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes