Herb latin name: Astragalus hamosus
Medicinal use of Astragalus hamosus:The plant is demulcent, emollient, galactogogue and laxative. It is useful in treating irritation of the mucous membranes, nervous affections and catarrh.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry grassland. Semidesert areas in foothills and the low montane belt, on clay, loess, sand and rock debris.
Edible parts of Astragalus hamosus:Young seedpods - cooked. They quickly become tough and fibrous. The young seedpods are also used in salads. They have only a mediocre taste, but look very much like certain worms and so are used mainly for their novelty value.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow late winter in a greenhouse. Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water. If any seed does not swell up in this time then carefully prick it with a needle making sure that you do not damage the embryo, and re-soak for a further 24 hours. Germination usually takes place within 3 - 6 weeks at 13°C. As soon as it is large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.
Cultivation of Astragalus hamosus:Dry grassland. Semidesert areas in foothills and the low montane belt, on clay, loess, sand and rock debris.
Known hazards of Astragalus hamosus: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.