Tightly tufted gray-green leaves with pink/white bicolor pea-flowers just above. This is the fourth oxytropis species I've grown from seed – the previous three didn't come through a full season in the garden, but I'm holding out hope for this one. Native to a swath of the United States interior west around Wyoming, it occurs on dry and rocky hilltops. It should be cold-hardy at least, and with proper protection from winter wet it may just survive.
||dwarf locoweed; Nuttall's oxytrope
||well drained soil
||scarify, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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- Seed from NARGS '14/'15 exchange. Scarified some with sandpaper, to baggy 70F. Total 89%G, germination occurring 4 days after successful scarification, as evidenced by swelling.
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January 31, 2015