Scarlet Milkvetch is a low perennial that grows in rocks and washes of the mountains of the California desert. "This is the without doubt the handsomest Astragalus of the desert" (Jaeger).
This Locoweed will form clumps a foot or so across with very gray foliage and very show red flowers. Needs perfect drainage and just enough water to establish it. In most of California it really needs a rock shelf in the sun to hide from the rain. Tucked under a flat rock or a piece of broken concrete it might stay dry enough to survive. BUT, you'll still have to water it enough to keep it alive.
Foliage of Astragalus coccineus has color green-gray and is stressdeciduous.
Flower of Astragalus coccineus has color red.
Communities for Astragalus coccineus:Pinyon-Juniper Woodland and Sagebrush Scrub.