Chinese Milkvetch

Chinese Milkvetch

Chinese Milkvetch

Astragalus membranaceus

Perennial zones 5-8

Chinese astragalus; Huang qi

One of the most important Chinese medicinal herbs, especially for its immune enhancing properties. Tones the spleen, especially in cases of fatigue.

Boosts and tones qi (chi).

Cardiotonic; lowers blood pressure and blood sugar; improves circulation.

Beneficial effect on kidneys, liver, and endocrine system.

Chinese Milkvetch seeds require a 21-day cold period of stratification to promote germination, followed by mild scarification with fine-grade sandpaper. You can begin your stratification in mid to late winter, then start your seeds indoors. This should allow adequate time for your young seedlings to become large and stable enough to transplant outdoors following the first frost in early spring. Before sowing seeds, soak in water for an hour to soften and tamp lightly in to the soil, or cover with a thin layer (1/8-1/4″ deep). When transplanting, space plants approximately 15″ apart.

Chinese Milkvetch grown from seed requires at least two years of growth to produce rootstock of adequate size for medicine making. To collect, use a fork or needle-nose spade to extract taproot from ground.

Pack App. 40 seeds $4.00

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