Milk Vetch, Canadian (Astragalus canadensis) - 50 Seeds

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Canada Milk Vetch is a common plant found throughout the US and Canada. This adaptable species can thrive in a variety of environments including prairies, woodlands, and stream banks. As a garden plant, Canada Milk Vetch provides great leaf texture. The green flowers make an interesting addition to cut flower arrangements. Canada Milk Vetch is a common nectar source for bumblebees and honeybees, and for food for animals including deer, wild turkey, groundhogs, rabbits, and livestock. Also called Canadian Milk Vetch, or Rattle Weed, it attracts hummingbirds, song birds, and butterflies, including the Western Tailed Blue Butterfly larvae. Astragalus species are also one of the host plants for the Clouded Sulphur butterfly.

•American grown seeds
•US Native Wildflowers
•USDA Zones: 2-9

Planting Instructions:
For fall planting, direct sow the seed 1/2" deep; it will remain dormant until spring. Before spring planting, scarify by pouring hot water over the seed and soaking it for 24 hours; direct sow the seed 1/2" deep. Germination may be irregular and slow, but should take place within 4-8 weeks. Germination may be improved by mixing the scarified seed with moist sand and storing it in the refrigerator for 10 days before planting. This plant does not transplant well and should not be started indoors. This plant adapts to almost any kind of soil including sand or clay, but prefers moderately moist conditions and full sun; it cannot tolerate shade. Seedlings should be watered regularly, while mature plants may only need water in dry periods. Since this plant develops rather slowly, it may not bloom until its second year of growth. Unless it has competition, it can become rather aggressive once established. The blossoms attract hummingbirds, butterflies, honeybees and bumblebees.

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