Oxytropis campestris glabrata Hook.
Oxytropis campestris melanocephala Hook.
Oxytropis maydelliana is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial plant growing from a multi-headed caudex; it usually grows 4 - 15cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Asia - Russian Far East (Primorye, Koryak, Magadan, Chukchi); Northern N. America - Alaska and northern British Colombia to Greenland
Arctic and subarctic shores.
Oxytropis species generally grow best in a very sunny position in a deep, well-drained, sandy or gritty soil[
]. Species, including this one, with woolly leaves greatly resent winter wet[200[.
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[
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[
This species has 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[
Roots - raw or cooked[
]. Traditionally, they are always eaten with oil[
]. They can be stored in oil for winter use, or be frozen for future use[
]. Some caution is advised - see the notes above on toxicity.
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[