Applegate’s Milkvetch

Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Agriculture


  • Species Common Name Applegate's Milkvetch
  • Species Scientific Name Astragalus applegatei
  • Federal Listing Status Endangered
  • State Listing Status Endangered


Special needs

Applegate's milkvetch occurs in flat, open, seasonally-moist grasslands with alkaline soils. Historically, habitat included sparse, native bunch grasses and patches of bare soil.

Limiting factors

Applegate's milkvetch is endemic to the Klamath Basin in Oregon. Currently, few (three) populations, low numbers, and narrow distribution make this species vulnerable to stochastic events. Habitat loss due to agriculture and urban development, alteration of hydrology, invasive plants, and low reproductive rates have contributed to declines.

Conservation actions

Continue to implement actions identified in the recovery plan, including managing and monitoring known sites. Evaluate the potential for establishing new populations in suitable habitat.

Key reference or plan

Oregon Department of Agriculture Plant Conservation