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Hosackia crassifolia
Scientific classification
  • Hosackia platycarpa Nutt.
  • Hosackia stolonifera Lindl.
  • Lotus crassifolius (Benth.) Greene

Hosackia crassifolia, synonym Lotus crassifolius, is a species of legume native to Washington, California and Oregon. It is known by the common names big deervetch and broad-leafed lotus.


The plant is native to western North America, in California, Oregon, and Washington (U.S. states); and into Baja California (Méxican state).

The California populations are found in diverse habitats, including chaparral, California oak woodland, California mixed evergreen forest, and conifer forest.


Hosackia crassifolia is a long-lived, somewhat bushy plant which bears long straight stems with evenly spaced oval-shaped leaves.

It produces thick bunches of yellow, pink-and-yellow, or scarlet-and-yellow pea flowers. The bloom period is May to August.

The brownish pea pods contain speckled red or brown peas.


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