Kidney Vetch - Anthyllis vulneraria Kidney Vetch - Anthyllis vulneraria
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Herb: Kidney Vetch


Latin name: Anthyllis vulneraria


Family: Leguminosae



Medicinal use of Kidney Vetch:

The roots leaves and flowers are antitussive, astringent, laxative and vulnerary. This plant is an ancient remedy for skin eruptions, slow-healing wounds, minor wounds, cuts and bruises, it is applied externally. Internally, it is used as a treatment for constipation and as a spring tonic. The plant can be used fresh in the growing season, or harvested when in flower and dried for later use.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
15 cm
(6 inches)

Flovering:
June to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Dry situations on sea cliffs, stony rocks and shingle, usually on shallow calcareous soils.

Edible parts of Kidney Vetch:

The dried flower heads are a tea substitute.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. If there is sufficient seed it can be sown outdoors in situ. Pre-soak the seed for about 12 hrs or scarify the seed. It usually germinates in 1 -2 months at 10C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn.

Cultivation of Kidney Vetch:

Dry situations on sea cliffs, stony rocks and shingle, usually on shallow calcareous soils.

Known hazards of Anthyllis vulneraria:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.