Herb latin name: Scorpiurus vermiculatus

Synonyms: Scorpiurus subvillosus, Scorpiurus sulcatus

Family: Leguminosae

Edible parts of Scorpiurus vermiculatus:

Young seedpods - raw or cooked. A very indifferent flavour, it is included as an item of food mainly because it looks very like a caterpillar and can therefore cause humour at the food table.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

Habitat of the herb:


Propagation of Scorpiurus vermiculatus:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and plant out after the last expected frosts. It might be worthwhile making sowings in situ in April.

Cultivation of the herb:


Medicinal use of Scorpiurus vermiculatus:

None known

Known hazards of Scorpiurus vermiculatus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.