Meadow Vetchling - Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling - Lathyrus pratensis

Herb: Meadow Vetchling

Latin name: Lathyrus pratensis

Family: Leguminosae

Medicinal use of Meadow Vetchling:

The seeds are used as a resolvent in Spain.

Description of the plant:


120 cm
(4 feet)

May to

Habitat of the herb:

Grassland, scrub and hedgerows, avoiding acid soils.

Other uses of Meadow Vetchling:

The plant is said to repel mice.

Propagation of the herb:

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed, then it can also be sown in situ in mid spring. Division in spring. It may not transplant well so care should be taken.

Cultivation of Meadow Vetchling:

Grassland, scrub and hedgerows, avoiding acid soils.

Known hazards of Lathyrus pratensis:

Although no records of toxicity have been found for this plant, the seed of some species in this genus contain a toxic amino acid that can cause a severe disease of the nervous system known as 'lathyrism' if they are eaten in large amounts (although small quantities are said to be nutritious). Great caution is advised.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.