Astragalus cicer

Astragalus cicer

Cicer milkvetch

Medium, long-lived perennial; spreading rhizomatous growth habit, useful for reclamation and erosion control. Slow to establish, but competitive in mixes over time. Fair drought tolerance, cold hardy, poor acid tolerance.

Varieties: 
Oxley II

First cultivar of Cicer milkvetch to be released in Canada. Adapted to a wide range of soil textures but performs best on coarse textured soils. A very cold hardy, rhizomatous, fine stemmed cultivar that is persistent and remains green longer in the fall. (Released 1971, source of ecotype: former USSR)

Lutana

A very hardy, frost resistant cultivar which is well-adapted to high elevation sites. It is rhizomatous and is frequently used in reclamation seed mixtures. (Released 1970, source of ecotype: Sweden)

Monarch

Developed for its strong seedling emergence, quick establishment and forage yielding characteristics. It is cold hardy and well adapted to the northern and central Great Plains. (Released 1980, source of ecotype: synthetic clone)

Species Attributes

Height: 
13 
- 24 
in.
Precipitation: 
12 
- 18 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Marginal
Moderately Coarse: 
Average
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Marginal

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Marginal
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
20 
- 25 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
57.50 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
126,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloat or Nonbloat: 
Nonbloat
Cold Hardiness: 
Hardy