ASTRAGALUS canadensis Canadian Milkvetch is a species of herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. It typically grows up to 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters) tall and 1 to 2 feet (0.3 to 0.6 meters) wide. The plant has a clumping habit, with numerous slender stems that are slightly hairy.
Astragalus Canadensis is a common plant grown in Canada and the US, mostly used for medical purposes to relieve pains. Super attractive to bumblebees, butterflies, and others, the erected plant has 75 creamy flowers. Bloomed in summers, the plant is one of nature’s attractive parts, so we can’t deny its superiority. Easily grown in partial sun and well-drained soil, Canadian Milkvetch can withstand any harsh environment.
The leaves of Canadian Milkvetch are compound, with each leaf consisting of 10 to 20 small leaflets. The leaflets are oval-shaped and are typically 0.5 to 1.5 inches (1.3 to 3.8 cm) long and 0.2 to 0.5 inches (0.5 to 1.3 cm) wide. They are dark green and smooth, with no hairs or serrations. The leaves are arranged alternately on the stem.
The flowers of Canadian Milkvetch are produced in clusters at the end of the stems, with each cluster containing numerous small, pea-like flowers. They bloom in mid to late summer, and are an important nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
After the flowers have bloomed, Canadian Milkvetch produces small, dry fruits called pods, which contain several small seeds. The plant is adaptable to a range of soil types and prefers full sun to partial shade.
Canadian Milkvetch is commonly used in native plant landscaping and restoration projects, as it is a hardy and attractive plant that provides important habitat and food for wildlife. It is often found in meadows, prairies, and along roadsides. The plant is also used in traditional medicine for various ailments, including respiratory and digestive issues.
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