Astragalus layneae
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Astragalus layneae

widow's milkvetch
Layne milkvetch
Layne's locoweed

  family fabaceae 
  genus astragalus 

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Genus  Astragalus Species  layneae Variety  Cultivar  Common names  widow's milkvetch   Layne milkvetch   Layne's locoweed Family  FABACEAE Specimen number  S5044 Data source  Poison p106
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Groundcover Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2" - 1' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Whole plant Poisonous indications  It contains aliphatic nitro compounds that affect livestock causing labored breathing, wheezing, loss of motor control, and "cracker heel". Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  yes Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  This whole plant is toxic. Keep out of pastures and away from livestock grazing areas. It contains aliphatic nitro compounds that affect livestock causing labored breathing, wheezing, loss of motor control, and "cracker heel".
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Astragalus layneae is a perennial. Flowers: Widow's milkvetch (locally known in some parts as Layne's locoweed and Layne milkvetch) has loose flower racemes with light yellow pea like wing petals that have purple tips. Blossoms appear in March and continue through May. The flowers are usually a yellow color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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