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Oxytropis multiceps

Common name dwarf locoweed; Nuttall's oxytrope
Family fabaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4)
Flowers pink/white
Size 2"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well drained soil
From seed scarify, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

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.

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-starting details for this plant

  1. 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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