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Herbaceous Perennial

Astragalus cicer

chickpea milk vetch

A spreading to semi-erect rhizomatous perennial, 60-100cm tall, with pinnate leaves of 17-31 leaflets. White to pale yellow flowers are produced in early summer and are followed by strongly-inflated seed pods covered with hairs

Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Yellow White Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Astragalus can be annuals or perennials, with usually pinnate leaves and pink, purple, yellow or white pea-flowers in terminal or axillary racemes or spikes

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Europe, SW Asia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grown in well-drained soil in full sun. Dislikes strongly acidic soils

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife gardens
Pruning

Trim back in the autumn

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by root, crown and stem rots

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