Astragalus arizonicus  Arizona Milkvetch
PERENNIAL.  Long, prostrate stems have pinnate leaves with narrow, bluish or grayish green leaflets.  Flowers to 1.5 cm, in dense showy clusters, various shades of bright purple with a central white spot and prominent veins.  Pods are straight, about 2 cm long.  Blooms in March-April.  In the Empires, occasional in sandy gravel in dirt roads or dry washes in desertscrub.
FAMILY:  Fabaceae (Pea Family)