Astragalus crassicarpus

Astragalus crassicarpus

A unique legume that produces grape-like fruits that are often hidden around the base of the plant.

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Key Information:

Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 6-15″
Color: Purple
Blooms: May – June

More Detail:

Suggested Uses: Ground Plum is a wonderful plant for upland restoration projects that provides a food source for prairie wildlife and fixes nitrogen. Fruit at the base of the plants look a bit like grapes. This is a really cool plant to include in an educational garden.

Native Range: Native throughout the Great Plains. Native to the western half of Minnesota.

Pollinators: Bees, butterflies and moths.

Flowers:  Tubular flowers arranged in a raceme.

Leaves: The leaves are divided into a feather-like arrangement of many ovate or lance-shaped leaflets.

Food Uses: The fruits are edible. They are very juicy and taste a little like pea pods.

Other Names:  Buffalo Bean

More information: USDA plant profile

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs

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