Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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  • Canada Milkvetch

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Astragalus canadensis

    COMMON NAME: Canada Milkvetch, Canadian Milkvetch, Loco-weed, Loco Weed, Milkvetch, Shorttooth Canadian Milkvetch, Morton's Canadian Milkvetch

    Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie credit: R. Kapala

    BLOOM TIME: June, July, Aug



    • Primarily bumblebees visit the flowers for nectar.
    • Insects with shorter mouthparts have trouble reaching the nectar.
    • Foliage is eaten by deer, groundhogs, rabbits, and livestock.
    • The seeds may be eaten occasionally by the Wild Turkey and small rodents.