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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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Vesper Sparrow
Pooecetes gramineus
Light colored legs, white eye ring, and white outer tail feathers.  It is the only sparrow with a light brownish red patch on its shoulder.  Males and females look very similar.
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