A tufted under-story perennial growing from a tap-root with numerous ascending, greyish-green hairy stems. Leaves are alternate, with up to 20 oblong shaped leaflets. Pinkish purple flowers bloom in a dense spiked cluster. Self seeds readily; tends to form colonies.
A member of the pea family.
USDA calls this plant: prairie milkvetch, Astragalus laxmannii Jacq. var. robustior (Hook.) Barneby & S.L. Welsh
May be poisonous to livestock; horses in particular.
Rocky fields, roadsides, open woods and ravines.
Seeds are eaten by a variety of field birds and small mammals.