Chickpea Milkvetch==Locoweed
Astragalus cicer
(Legume, Pea or Bean Family) 

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astragalus cicer


close-up of flower


seed pod


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Photos of Astragalus cicer at Butterfield Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah

Non-native perennial grows to three or four feet tall with eight inch long fronds  with 15 to 30 leaflets. Ten to thirty creamy  colored, 1/2 inch flowers are in clusters.

Astragalus cicer is host plant to many butterfly larvae.  For photos and other information on these butterflies, click on

Colias meadii - Mead's Sulphur
Colias alexandra edwardsi - Alexandra Sulphur (ssp.edwardsi)
Colias christina kluanensis - Christina Sulphur (ssp. klueanensis)
Colias occidentalis pseudochristina - Western Sulphur
Colias boothi thula==Colias tuche - Booth's Sulphur

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