Cicer Milkvetch (Astragalus cicer)

Cool Season

Cicer milkvetch is a long lived perennial that has anti-bloat properties. It is a vine that takes two to three years to properly establish. Once established, it can start to dominate the sward. Like other vetches, there are 10 to 30% hard seeds, so it could become a weed if not managed. It has a combination of tap root and fibrous root system making it quite drought tolerant.

Seeds per pound: 122,000 Seed/sq ft/pound of seed: 3.0


  • Nitrogen builder
  • Hay source
  • Intercropping
  • Erosion control
  • Weed suppression
  • Grazing potential
  • Pollinator attracter


  • Once establish very long lived
  • Good yields
  • Retains leaves at maturity


Can be difficult to take out, difficult to dry down, tannins can decrease palatability.


Good. Either rotation or stockpiled. Animals may avoid it until later in the year due to tannins.


Good. Dry down may be an issue in a pure stand. Can lodge.

Mycorrhizal support? Yes