Astragalus canadensis

Common name: Milkvetch

Native plant

This small, nitrogen-fixing plant is a great addition to aid in improving soil quality.  It thrives in nearly all soil conditions and a range of moisture levels and sun exposures. Its abundant racemes of tubular flowers are a good food source for many bumblebees and other bee species as well as hummingbirds.  Blooms can last from 2-3 months.  Sparse branching and pinnately compound leaves offer unique texture in the landscape. (The picture is used from NCSU with thanks)


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Ground cover, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
10 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot Nitrogen fixer

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