Hedysarum boreale

Hedysarum boreale

Northern sweetvetch

Drought tolerant perennial; full sun or partial shade. Pink-purple pea-type flowers bloom May to August on grassy slopes, rocky hillsides, canyons or mountain shrub lands. Grows on sandy or clay textured soils, but best performance is on well-drained loamy sites. Forage palatable to big game and livestock.

Varieties: 
Timp

Selected for high seedling vigor, site adaptability, persistence, seed production, enhanced nitrogen fixing ability, and ease of establishment. Competes well against weedy broadleaf species. Used for range renovation, native reclamation and roadside stabilization. Provides excellent habitat attributes for sage grouse.(Released 1994, source of ecotype: Utah County, UT)

Species Attributes

Height: 
10 
- 24 
in.
Life Form: 
Perennial
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
Low - Moderate
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Average
Moderately Coarse: 
Average
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Marginal

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Average
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
15 
- 25 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
17.90 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
46,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Pink-Purple
Blooming Season: 
Spring
Summer