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Useful Temperate Plants

Oxytropis lagopus

Nutt.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Aragallus blankinshipii A.Nelson

Aragallus lagopus (Nutt.) Greene

Astragalus blankinshipii (A.Nelson) Tiderstr.

Astragalus lagopus (Nutt.) Tiderstr.

Oxytropis blankinshipii (A.Nelson) K.Schum.

Spiesia lagopus (Nutt.) Kuntze

Aragallus atropurpureus Rydb.

Oxytropis atropurpurea (Rydb.) A.Nelson

Common Name: Haresfoot Locoweed

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General Information

Oxytropis lagopus is a densely clump-forming, herbaceous perennial plant growing from a branched caudex; it grows up to 11cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northwestern N. America - Alberta, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota

Habitat

Sandy bluffs, grassy hillsides, and gravelly knolls, sometimes among sagebrush; at elevations from 1,250 - 2,100 metres.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.10 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Oxytropis species generally grow best in a very sunny position in a deep, well-drained, sandy or gritty soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Species such as this one with woolly leaves greatly resent winter wet[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Many species in this genus are suitable as ornamentals, valued for their clusters of flowers and their attractive foliage. However, species often fail in cultivation, often because of a lack of an appropriate Rhizobium bacterium[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Members of this genus are generally resentful of root disturbance and, if the seed is not sown in situ, then seedlings need to be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
We have seen no specific information for this species, but most members of this genus have a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is chewed to treat a sore throat and to allay swelling[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in a greenhouse in early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the cotyledons emerge in order to avoid damage to the root. Grow them on in deep pots in a cold greenhouse or cold frame, and plant them out the following spring[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2019-08-20. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Oxytropis+lagopus>

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