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Blue or Purple Flowers ( Pea-like Flowers )
Pea Family (Leguminosae)

Showy Locoweed
Oxytropis splendens

Season: mid-June to mid-July
Habitat:
 Montane, Along Roadsides and Disturbed Areas
Height:
 Up to 25 cm

Description: The showy locoweed is an uncommon wildflower that is similar to the more common early yellow locoweed with several exceptions. Like all locoweeds, it has a basal clump of compound leaves with coarsely toothed leaflets, but in the case of the showy locoweed, they are densely covered with fine hairs, as is the entire plant. From this clump of leaves one or more erect stems rise to terminate in a tight spike of blue, purple or pinkish flowers.

This is the only locoweed that is not poisonous to cattle.

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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