|Astragalus crassicarpus (Ground Plum) Wildflower Seeds Be the first one to write a review|
Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: Groundplum Milkvetch, Buffalo Bean, Buffalo Plum
Bloom Time: Spring
Height: 18 in to 24 in
Spacing: 12 in to 15 in
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Scarify. Sow seeds just below soil surface at 70F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 4400
This nitrogen fixing legume grows well in almost any type of dry ground, and can be found sprawling over gravelly slopes or clay banks where few other plants would dare to establish themselves. Its unusual plum-like fruits were sometimes called the “food of buffalo” by Native American tribes, though the raw or boiled fruits were also a favorite food of both Native Americans and early settlers. English naturalist Thomas Nuttall first documented this species in 1810, on an expedition to North Dakota’s Mandan settlements. The Latin name “crassicarpus” means “thick-fruited.”
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