Astragalus newberryi var. castoreus
Curiously patterned purple/pink pea flowers over a tuft of soft-hairy bluish gray leaves. Does not appear to be used in gardens much, so I'll have to find out for myself if it's worth growing. Just seedlings for now. It hails from the semi-desert, so overwintering them in Pennsylvania cold and wet is likely going to be a challenge.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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- Seed from NARGS '12/'13 exchange. Sandpapered, baggy 70F (52%G, 5-60d)
Extended germination: even after swelling, many seeds take their time to swing into action.
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May 11, 2013