|Scientific Name||Astragalus scopulorum||USDA PLANTS Symbol||ASSC7|
|Common Name||Rocky Mountain Milkvetch||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||25670|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6300 to 11000 ft); sunny areas, dry slopes, among sagebrush, conifer woodlands and aspen groves.
Plant: Erect or leaning perennial, light-red stems 6 to 18 inches tall.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound leaves each with 15 to 29 green oval-oblong to linear-elliptic or oblanceolate leaflets with pointed tips, 1/4 to 3/4-inch long and somewhat hairy undersides.
Inflorescence: Raceme of 10 to 22 white to pale yellow pea-like flowers; light green calyx is covered by short, light or dark hairs.
Bloom Period: May to July.
Fruit: Green or greenish brown, purple-speckled, smooth pods linear-oblong to linear-oblanceolate 1 to 1-3/8 inches long.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region by Denver Botanical Garden and SW Colorado Wildflowers.
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