Tennessee Milkvetch

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Tennessee Milkvetch – Astragalus Tennesseensis 

 Among the vast array of herbs and plants that inhabit our beautiful green Earth, among the Eastern United States region lies a significant amount of perennial plant 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 and differs in appearance, size, growth per year and its 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 flowering plant scientifically known as Astragalus Tenneseenis. It is a perennial plant that in appearance bears small cream flower blossoms with a thick yellow root, attractive to bees, birds and butterflies. Some of the blooms can vary in colors ranging from yellow, violet, blue and green. They require full sun exposure to thrive with average water needs. 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 the states of Illinois and Indiana, but was then reintroduced in Indiana. According to the national plant index, this plant has been caused for special concern in the state of Tennessee.

You can find Tennessee Milkvetch inhabiting the hardy growing zones such as cedar glades, glade and grassland ecotones as well as 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 per year in the shade. Stemming from the Astragalus plant, the Tennessee Milk-vetch holds a lot of formal 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, being coated in honey and sold as a dessert on a stick. It is 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 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.Overall, the milkvetch plant offers many attributes and qualities, recommended to grow in a biological environment. With its superb herbal health uses, beautiful appearance and substantial growth amount, the milkvetch plant makes for an amazing addition to a botanical garden or home garden.

 Tennessee Milkvetch