Herb latin name: Astragalus garbancillo


Family: Leguminosae



Description of the plant:



Plant:
Shrub

Habitat of Astragalus garbancillo:

Grassland and amongst shrubs at elevations of 2000 - 4500 metres in the Andes of Peru.

Other uses of the herb:

Used as a soap. No more details are given.

Propagation of Astragalus garbancillo:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. A period of cold stratification may help stored seed to germinate. Stored seed, and perhaps also fresh seed, should be pre-soaked for 24 hours in hot water before sowing - but make sure that you do not cook the seed. Any seed that does not swell should be carefully pricked with a needle, taking care not to damage the embryo, and re-soaked for a further 24 hours. Germination can be slow and erratic but is usually within 4 - 9 weeks or more at 13C if the seed is treated or sown fresh. As soon as it is large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cultivation of the herb:

Grassland and amongst shrubs at elevations of 2000 - 4500 metres in the Andes of Peru.

Medicinal use of Astragalus garbancillo:

None known

Known hazards of Astragalus garbancillo:

Many members of this genus contain toxic glycosides. All species with edible seedpods can be distinguished by their fleshy round or oval seedpod that looks somewhat like a greengage. A number of species can also accumulate toxic levels of selenium when grown in soils that are relatively rich in that element.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.