Astragalus glycyphyllos

Fabaceae

 

Habitat: high alpine screes

 

Soil: with grit and humus

 

Height: 10 cm

 

Flowering: summer

 

Width: 25 cm

           


           

This is a huge genus, with hundreds of species, most of them really beautiful. Alas, they are also mainly difficult to grow, at least in the climate of Britain. They generally make clumps or tufts of divided leaves, often silkily hairy, and can be covered with richly coloured flowers, sometimes followed by spectacular inflated seed pods. At least some of the American ones are highly poisonous to cattle.

Astragalus glycyphyllos is a European native, uncommon in Britain, which makes substantial spreading clumps of pinnate leaves each year, with lots of heads packed with creamy yellow flowers. It is known as wild liquorice.
AE3-1
1 litre pot £7.00