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Ground Plum
Astragalus crassicarpus

Ground Plum is a low-growing legume that can be used in bee lawns. It does well in full sun and well-drained soils.

USDA symbol: ASCR2

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height2 foot
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorPurple
Ground Plum (Ground Plum<div><em class="small">Astragalus crassicarpus</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceUnknown
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsApril to June
Larval Host ofBees, Butterflies
Specific Pollinators HostedEucera lepida, Plebejus melissa melissa
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Specialists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden
Coefficient of Conservatism8
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyBecker, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands