Herb: Annual Scorpion Vetch

Latin name: Coronilla scorpioides

Family: Leguminosae

Medicinal use of Annual Scorpion Vetch:

The twigs and leaves have a similar action to the common broom, Cytisus scoparia. They are collected as the plant comes into flower and can be stored for later use. They are diuretic, cardiac, cathartic and laxative.

Description of the plant:


40 cm
(1 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

A common weed of cultivated ground.

Other uses of Annual Scorpion Vetch:

A blue dye like indigo can be obtained by fermentation of the leaves.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring.

Cultivation of Annual Scorpion Vetch:

A common weed of cultivated ground.

Known hazards of Coronilla scorpioides:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.