Northern Sweetvetch - Hedysarum boreale ssp. mackenziei  by Digitalbcon

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Family: Fabaceae – Pea family
Utah sweetvetch is a native perennial, cool season, herbaceous legume with deep taproots and several lateral roots, sometimes rhizomatous. Its deep taproots allow the plant to extract deep soil moisture and nutrients resulting in significant drought resistance and winter hardiness. The main stems arise from a woody crown and may grow 1 to 2 feet tall. The leaves are compound (two or more leaflets) and hairless. Flowers can be pink, purple, or white arranged in a loose raceme. Seeds develop in a long constricted pod, with several sections. Each section contains one brown kidney-shaped seed.

Distribution: Utah sweetvetch is common and found in most areas of western Canada and the US.

Photographed in the Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada


  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 2 years ago

    I’m loving seeing all these beautiful new flowers Blair. Love the color

  • Thank you so much Vickie!! I was just amazed at the color of this one!! Brilliant colors…great learning about them too!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    LOVE this . . . so beautiful in such a fabulous setting!!

  • Thank you Lori!! Waterton Lakes is a wildflower paradise…I could have spent all summer there…flowers constantly blooming! I’d love to go back there again!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 2 years ago

    Beautiful flowers!

  • Thanks Rick!! They were so colorful!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • LynnWhitt
    LynnWhittover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture, love the mountains in the background.

  • Thank you Lynn!! Waterton is a wildflower paradise!!

    – Digitalbcon

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being FEATURED in
    the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 1 year ago

    WOW – Magnificent color! Congratulations on your feature – FAVE:>)

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