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In the young days of invasion, when the "New" World laid bloom in its old form, when the buffalo gobbled as a fierce woolen mat of thunder across the plains, the the prairies were said to have been tinged with purple when Astragalus crassicarpus were in flower [7].

Still, portly prairie dogs tuck the pods of A. crassicarpus into their storage cellars for winter forage [7] after the Ground Plums stop waving their purple flags to greet the Spring. 

Welcome to the little-discussed world of the Astragalus crassicarpus.