Astragalus cicer fresh seeds, Chickpea milkvetch, Chick-pea milk-vetch, Cicer milkvetch, Herb seeds, Organic seeds (lat. Astragalus cicer).
A species of perennial herbaceous plants of the genus Astragalus (Astragalus) of the Legume family (Fabaceae). A large perennial plant up to 80 cm tall . Stems 25-60 cm long, rising or prostrate, have a sparse short-hairy cover.
The leaves of the plant are traditionally complex, consisting of alternating pairs of leaflets. There are from 10 to 15 such oblong-lanceolate pairs on a common petiole. The leaves are covered with scattered hairs on both sides, sometimes the top of the leaves may be almost bare.
Large pale yellow flowers up to 16 cm long. They gather on hairy peduncles in large and dense inflorescences, numbering from 15 to 60 flowers. The corollas of the moth flowers are protected by a 5-lobed bell-shaped hairy calyx with awl-shaped teeth in the upper part. Flowering lasts for the first two summer months.
In the fruit pale yellow bean pod, which turns black at full maturity, there are seeds covered with a thick leathery shell. It bears fruit in July.
The unpretentiousness of the plant to living conditions, high drought resistance and frost resistance, combined with decorative foliage and large inflorescences, makes Chickpea Astragalus a popular plant for decorating suburban areas. It should only be remembered that the plant does not like acidic soils and easily spreads over the site, displacing neighbors, and therefore it is necessary to limit the movement of its underground parts.