Astragalus villosus

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Common name: Bearded Milkvetch; Southern Milkvetch

Astragalus villosus
Astragalus villosus AFP.jpg
Photo by the Atlas of Florida Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Astragalus
Species: A. villosus
Binomial name
Astragalus villosus
Natural range of Astragalus villosus from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Phaca intonsa (Sheldon) Rydberg ex Small.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]


A. villosus is an annual forb/herb of the Fabaceae family native to North America. [2] It has a growth form that is low-growing and spreading.[3]


A. villosus is found in the southeastern corner of the United States, specifically in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. [2]



A. villosus proliferates in sandhills and other loose, dry, sandy places. [4] It can also be found in clay soils, loose sand, loamy sand, pinewoods, old field, and burned pineland.[5]


A. villosus has been observed flowering between February and April. [6]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 USDA Plant Database
  3. [[1]] Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Accessed: March 25, 2019
  4. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  5. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, R.K. Godfrey, J.B. Nelson, Brenda Herring, Don Herring, R.Kral, M. Knott, LB Trott, Richard D. Houk, Delzie Demaree, D. Burch, George Cooley, Joseph Monachino, Rodie White, James W. Hardin, Wilbur H. Duncan, Ron Miller, Jim Lytton, Rod Wilson. States and counties: Florida (Leon, Wakulla, Franklin, Taylor, Santa Rosa, Escambia, Walton, Liberty, Madison, Lafayette, Lake, Columbie, Hernando, Gilchrist, Citrus, Clay) Georgia (Grady, Thomas) Alabama (Escambia)
  6. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 17 MAY 2018