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 grows outward instead of upward from a center point, so make sure it doesn’t get shaded out by taller plants nearby. Plant among other short, dry prairie plants such as Blue Grama Grass and Prairie Smoke.

Companion Plants

Blue Grama Grass
Prairie Smoke