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Milkvetch- A Tennessee Native Perennial

Native perennials are easy, doesn't require a lot of maintenance or water.

We are going to explore one Tennessee wildflower perennial plant that is beautiful and don't cost a fortune to buy, or maintain.

Astragalus tephrodes, Ashen Milkvetch, Southwest Desert Flora

Tennessee Milkvetch

Among the vast array of herbs and plants that inhabit our beautiful green Earth, in the Eastern United States region lies a significant amount of perennial plants that can catch the eye and provide herbal health alternatives. Within the variable species of the milkvetch plant, the Tennessee Milkvetch is among the most commonly spotted and sought-after plants. It ranges in appearance, size, growth per year, and hardy growing zones. It has been speculated that this plant can improve vitality, overall health, and stamina.

The Tennessee Milk vetch is a protected species of the flowering plant scientifically known as Astragalus Tennesseans. It is a perennial plant that, in appearance, bears tiny cream flower blossoms with a thick yellow root, attractive to bees, birds, and butterflies. Some blooms can vary in colors ranging from yellow, violet, blue, and green. They require total sun exposure to thrive with average water needs. It is an average size of plant under 6 inches in height and 15-18 inches in width. It contains several triterpene saponins and polysaccharides.

This beautiful plant is native to the Eastern United States region, frequenting the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Alabama, and Indiana. This plant is more frequently found in the state of Tennessee. This plant became extinct and endangered in Illinois and Indiana but was reintroduced in Indiana. According to the national plant index, this plant has caused particular concern in the state of Tennessee. You can find them inhabiting the hardy growing zones such as cedar glades, meadows, grassland ecotones, and wide, open prairies.

The Tennessee Milk vetch plant grows heavily in the mid-spring and late summer months in large compounds. The initial seedlings are exceptionally slow to grow and take a time-consuming length to reach full development. It functions and adapts better in drier, drought-ridden areas and cannot withstand growth yearly in the shade.

Stemming from the Astragalus plant, the Tennessee Milk vetch holds a lot of proper uses throughout its native plant family. The Astragalus plant is a native Chinese and Mongolian herb used for alternative herbal treatments. In China, the milkvetch plant is dried and peeled at the root, coated in honey, and sold as a dessert on a stick. It has been said that many species of milkvetch derive from these healing herbs and can often provide herbal treatment. Some of these formal and practical uses include assisting in subduing the side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients, serving as an immunity booster in the prevention of liver damage, blood flow improvement in diabetic patients while restoring blood sugar levels, circulation improvement, metabolism increase and the improvement of the adrenal gland as well as digestive function.

The milkvetch plant offers many attributes and qualities recommended for growing in a biological environment. With its superb herbal health uses, beautiful appearance, and substantial growth, the milkvetch plant makes a fantastic addition to a botanical garden or home garden.