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Plant Name:

Canadian Milkvetch

Scientific Name:

Astragalus canadensis


Canadian Milkvetch is a perennial herb with pinnate leaves and spikes of purple flowers. It forms clumps of foliage and produces long, narrow seedpods.


Prairies, meadows, open grasslands, rocky slopes


Canadian Milkvetch provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Its flowers are a valuable nectar source, and its foliage serves as a food source for certain herbivores.

Growing Conditions:

Canadian Milkvetch prefers well-drained soils and can tolerate a range of light conditions, from full sun to part shade.


Canadian Milkvetch is used in prairie restoration, erosion control, and native plant landscaping. It also has a history of traditional medicinal use by Indigenous peoples.

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Fun Facts:

Canadian Milkvetch is a member of the legume family and has nitrogen-fixing capabilities, helping to enrich the soil where it grows.

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