Timber Milk-Vetch is a small bush-like perennial that grows up to 40 cm tall. It has many thin needle-like to oval shaped leaflets. It grows pea-like flowers that are white to lilac in colouring. Timber Milk-Vetch is generally considered poisonous, though the Okanagan people occasionally ate the seeds.
|Height and Spread
|10 to 40 cm tall.
|Up to 30 cm spread.
|White to lilac.
|Late spring/ early summer
|Light and Water
|Common in dry open forests, clearings, and grasslands.
|Generally grows in dry conditions.
|The Okanagan people used Timber Milk-Vetch as a reference, as its bloom time was when pine cambium was ready to eat. They also used the dense foliage of Timber Milk-Vetch to wipe off the inner side of the pine cambium.
|Timber Milk-Vetch is considered poisonous and particularly dangerous to lactating cows. Its danger to wildlife more generally is less well known, but it is considered to be widely browsed.
|Timber Milk-Vetch grows quite thickly and produces pretty pea-like flowers and numerous small seed pods that are generally considered ornamental. As noted above though one should ensure it is not planted near cattle or other grazing animals.
|Timber Milk-Vetch is a common name that is used to refer to a variety of local plants, some of which may not be poisonous.
|Timber Milk-Vetch can be easily propagated from its numerous seeds.