Also known as milk vetch, huang qi (or huangqi)

Animal Safety

Certain species of astragalus are poisonous for animals that graze.

Although the root of Astragalus membranaceus is considered non-toxic to humans and animals, the leaves, flowering parts, and stems of other species of astragalus (known as locoweed) are poisonous to grazing animals (such as cattle, sheep, and horses).(3253)

These species include:

  • A. alpinus(3)
  • A. garbancillo(253)
  • A. lentiginosus(254)
  • A. lambertii(3)
  • A. mollisimus(3)
  • A. emoryamus(3)
  • A. miser(3)
  • A. pehuenches(255)

Symptoms of astragalus poisoning can include:(253255)

  • Weight loss
  • Listlessness
  • Unsteadiness
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