Ground Plum (Astragalus crassicarpus)

Ground Plum (Astragalus crassicarpus)

Ground Plum is a unique prairie flower with pinkish purple and white flowers in the spring. It grows in a clump and sprawls out on the ground. After blooming bunches of 1″ edible plums appear, adding interest long after the flowers have gone. Ground Plum is a legume and adds nitrogen to the soil.


Sun:    Full Sun
Moisture:    Dry, Medium
Height:    12 inches
Blooms:    May, June
Color:    Pink, Purple, White
Spacing:    2 feet
Zones:    3-8
Benefits:    Edible, Pollinators

Design Tips

Ground plum is short but sprawls across the ground, forming a spreading circle about 2-3 feet wide. Plant is within grasses such as Prairie Dropseed or Little Bluestem so it has something to sprawl over in spring.

Companion Plants

Prairie Dropseed
Little Bluestem