Lot Location: 5A.4
Family: Legume (Fabaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 10 (mulch heavily in colder zones)
(Astragalus membranaceus = Astragalus propinquus, the Chinese herb Huang-qi, Huang qi)
Herbaceous perennial native to China. Transplant 6 inches apart. Plants flower yellow-white to 6 feet tall.
Plants get quite large, flowering to 6 feet, with yellow flowers giving way to pea-like follicles. Plant is a sturdy survivor, and prefers full sun, average soil, and good drainage.
Traditional herbal usage (TCM): increase vital energy and protect against illness.