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Herbs: Astragalus membranaceous

Botanical name: Astragalus membranaceous

Common name: astragalus

also known as (milk vetch)

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Herbs: Astragalus membranaceous
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Soil: damp, neutral, sand
Sun:
  
Zones: 4a thru 8b
Care:
easy
Lifespan:
perennial
Category:   
Attributes:

edible, drought tolerant

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description for "Herbs: Astragalus membranaceous"

Astragalus membranaceous is classed as one of the superior tonic roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Sprawling plant blooms with light yellow flowers, similar to a pea. Astragalus likes deep, sandy, well-drained soil. Can be sown directly in soil as soon as danger of frost has passed. Soak seeds overnight or scarify (scratch with fine sandpaper), then sow seed thinly into permanent location, covering with 1/2 inch of soil and watering well. Enrich soil with compost. Watering tips. During germination, keep entire seedbed evenly moist. Roots can be harvested for medicinal use after the first year. Planting depth: 1/2 inch. Days to germination: 14-21 days. to maturity.

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