Missouri milkvetch

Missouri milkvetch (Astragalus missouriensis) is a native range/prairie simple perennial plant with a sprawling growth habit and often quite showy flowers (more flowers per head further south; fewer flowers per head in northern states). It flowers in early-mid spring (depending on latitude), with seed pods following soon afterward. This was captured in South Dakota.

Technical Details

Composite: No
EF 28-70mm @ 53mm; f/8 @ 1/1250 sec, -0.33 EV, ISO 250

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Nice find. Looks like a survivor for sure. The space around the plant speaks volumes. I might do a workshop in SD next year and I’ll have to BOLO these!

Life finds a way, right? Nice shot of life amidst desolation.

Thank you, Kristin. My inclusion of the surroundings was to deliver the message you perceived. It can be challenging to find a solitary plant, in good condition with fresh blooms. I spent weeks in South Dakota and found a treasure trove of subject matter—just not all in one locale.

Thank you, David. Life is indeed persistent, even in the worst habitats. Adaptations to the extremes guarantees limited competition.