Kidney Vetch - Anthyllis vulneraria
Herb: Kidney Vetch
Latin name: Anthyllis vulneraria
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:
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 10°C. 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.