DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Astragalus is in the legume or Fabaceae family, and is an easy perennial to grow in zone 4.
It grows upright to about 15 inches. Since it is not showy, if I did not have an herb farm, I would tuck it into a sunny flower bed and surround it with beauty, then wait two or three years to harvest the root. The small pods can be collected when dry to harvest the seeds, which are also esteemed and added to root tinctures. I save them to replant next years crop.
PART USED: The root is the part used. These roots grow straight down, are not very robust and it takes a lot of digging to collect them. After two to three years they are about an inch in diameter, with up to eight golden tap-like roots. They are delicious!
FUNCTION: Astragalus fortifies a healthy immune system. My favorite antidotal story is of my mother, a retired RN who was on dozens of medications was suffering from pneumonia for three years in a row. I told her about how this traditional Chinese herb is like a tonic for the immune system. She religiously took 2 drops in her orange juice every morning and did not even get a cold for over five years! I honor this plant tremendously!
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