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Astragalus (Huang Qi)

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Astragalus membranaceus

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.