Common Name cicer milkvetch
Moisture dry to mesic
Nitrogen HighGroundcover Yes
Cicer milkvetch is a perennial flowering plant native to Eastern Europe, popularized and subsequently transported to areas in Southern Europe, North America, and South America. Cicer milkvetch exhibits legume-like qualities; the plant produces pods in which harbor its seeds. Its flowers are usually of pale yellow tint (sometimes white), and as such, attract bumble or European honey bees for pollination. Growth often exceeds 0.6 meters, up to a height of 1 meter in length.
In general, cicer milkvetch can be seen to grow in the fringes of forests, meadows, and alongside streams; however, it has also been reported that the plant proliferates along roadsides. It has the capacity to grow in a vast amount soil types and textures, such as clay and sand.
Cicer milkvetch has several principal uses; it can be used for soil stabilization as well as hay or pasture generation, as the plant exhibits non-bloat characteristics for livestock. We will also use it in a diverse seed mix broadcast into our Keyline tree/ shrub beds as support plants for the primary crops.
Cicer milkvetch is comparative to that of other legumes, in that excellent nutritional value can be obtained from its forage.