Astragalus sinicus

Chinese Milk Vetch, Milk Vetch

In Stock: 2.223 lb (Total:2.223lb)
  • Astragalus sinicus

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Astragalus sinicus


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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: boiling water can be used if hot water does not scarify the seed 

Astragalus sinicus, also known as Chinese Milk Vetch or Milk Vetch, is a herbaceous, scandent perennial in the family Fabaceae. While it was originally cultivated in China for its edible leaves, it is now primarily used as a green manure crop in farming. Astragalus sinicus is very tolerant of waterlogging but requires climates with only light frost. The plant is pink-purple flowers and pinnate leaves. Astragalus sinicus has been used in medical treatments for blennorrhoea and as an unguent for burns. References to the plant can be found in ancient Chinese texts. For cultivation, the plant is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Germination can be slow and erratic but is usually within four to nine weeks or more. The plant is not typically consumed by livestock until it has blossomed in the spring, and the main flush of growth is attained.

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