Adventures with Canada milk vetch

04242017 tephrosia 14

This is number 14, at the end of the row. Note the radish leaves in the foreground, and the carrot seedlings beside the “14” marker. These plants keep on getting taller and taller.

04242017 tephrosia 8

Number 8 is more of the same.

04242017 tephrosia

Canada milk vetch – ascending skyward like its distant cousin the fern.

 

5 thoughts on “Adventures with Canada milk vetch”

  1. I have one specimen of Galega x hartlandii ‘Lady Wilson’ which has stayed in place and really is just getting established after 3 years. Have yours spread at at all as I hear non-select cultivar often do?

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    1. This is great! I have neglected to edit that post – this is actually Canada milk vetch (Astragalus canadensis), and yes, it got quite unruly as the seasons progressed, producing an incredible amount of biomass, flowers, and seeds. On top of that, the stems are hollow, so I am hoping that it can provide habitat for some overwintering insects.

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      1. Dang! Canadensis is the one species I’ve come closest to success with, but in general Astragalus have never done well for me. I may have to try those seeds again! Thanks for the note. As I’m sure you would guess by the mistaken ID, it looks quite similar to the Galega mentioned.

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  2. Yes, I am slightly comforted by the fact that I’m not the only one who got the two confused! It looks like the unopened flowers of the ‘Lady Wilson’ are similar to Canadian milk vetch full flowers. Anyway, based on a two-year trial, I highly recommend A. canadensis. We shall see how year three shapes up, Mother Nature willing.

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