~100 Astragalus seeds, Astragalus membranaceus/ A. propinquus, Huang-qi, TCM
Astragalus; Herbaceous perennial native to China and long used for its medicinal properties.
Plant is a tough survivor, and prefers full sun, average soil, and good drainage. Scarify seed lightly and soak overnight in kelp tea, which encourages nitrogen-fixing nodulation. Direct seed in early spring. Germinates in 3 to 10 days. Thin to 12 inches apart.
Plants get up to six feet tall, with yellowish flowers turning into pea-like follicles.
Traditional Chinese Medicine usage is to increase vital energy and protect against illness. China