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Purple Milk-Vetch

Astragalus dasyglottis
Photo by www.british-wild-flowers.co.uk

Habitat: Grassland, roadsides from prairie to alpine areas.

Description: The leaves are 4 to 10cm long, and have 15-21 narrow leaflets, and long white hairs.  Flowers grow in round clusters, with purple-blue petals (sometimes pink).

Size: 5-30 cm tall (usually less than 15cm tall)

Fun Facts: Selenium from the soil is concentrated in Milk-Vetch plants.  Selenium is poisonous to livestock, so Milk-Vetch can be poisonous to livestock.

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing

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Large Marble
Euchloe ausonides

Habitat:  The Large Marble can be found flying in open woods and along ridges throughout Alberta

Description:  This butterfly is mostly white save for its hind wing which has a beautiful green marble pattern running through it.  The Large Marble can be distinguished from other marble butterflies by its greater size and also the thick cell bar that can be found on its upper wing.

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