Low perennial herb from a buried stem-base and long, slender rhizomes; stems several, decumbent to erect, 10-30 cm long/tall, loosely tufted, slender, appressed-hairy with unbranched hairs.
Alternate, pinnately compound, 4-10 cm long, leaflets 11 to 23, linear-oblong to elliptic, mostly blunt to notched at the tip, 0.5-2 cm long, thinly short-hairy.
Inflorescence a dense, head-like, axillary raceme of 7 to 20 erect, pea-like flowers, the racemes 1-3 cm long and wide, on stalks from shorter to longer than the leaves; corollas usually purplish, tinged with white, drying bluish, 15-22 mm long, the narrow banner slightly longer than the wings, which are 4 mm longer than the keel; calyces bell-shaped, 8-13 mm long, hairy with mixed black and white hairs, the linear teeth 1/2 as long as the tube.
Pods, egg-shaped to oblong, unstalked, erect, 7-10 mm long, membranous, densely greyish to blackish soft-hairy, somewhat flattened, grooved beneath, 2-chambered.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(17), ESSF(1), IDF(62), PP(3)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Astragalus danicus var. dasyglottis (Fisch. ex DC.) B. Boivin
Astragalus dasyglottis Fisch. ex DC.
Astragalus goniatus Nutt.
Astragalus hypoglottis Hook.