Canadian milk vetch

Astragalus canadensis, a legume native to many counties in Western NC (including Rockingham County).

I was weeding, and pulled up a big clump of grass, which revealed the below-ground structure of the astragalus. I guess this could be called a stolon? Or maybe an underground runner? I’ve read that legumes do not respond well to division, but I’m tempted to clip off one of the “suckers” from the “stolon” to propagate the plant.


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Astragalus canadensis update


A brief update on how the goat’s rue is shaping up in the garden.  This appears to be a clumping forb. It continues to put out new growth, mostly prostrate or semi-upright stems.

Measurement of the width of each “clump” is as follows:

Number Width (inches)
1 2.25
2 2.5
3 3
4 1.75
5 4.25
6 2.5
7 4
8 3.25
9 1
10 2.75
11 3
12 2.5
13 2.25
14 2.75
15 4

Why is all this important? I’m still figuring out why. It’s important to me to have native plants on our farm. I’m trialing the goat’s rue to see a) how much biomass it adds, b) if that biomass is enjoyed by chickens, and c) if pollinators, including honey bees, are attracted to its flowers.