Herb: American Vetch
Latin name: Vicia americana
Medicinal use of American Vetch:The leaves have been rubbed in the hands and applied to spider bites. An infusion of the crushed leaves have been used as a bath for treating soreness. An infusion of the plant has been used as an eyewash. An infusion of the leaves has been used by women as a love medicine.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Damp or gravelly slopes, thickets and meadows.
Edible parts of American Vetch:Young shoots - cooked. The tender seeds are eaten by the N. American Indians. Both the mature seeds and the immature seedpods can be used. The pod is about 3cm long and contains 4 - 7 seeds.
Other uses of the herb:The stout roots have been used for tying.
Propagation of American Vetch:Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in spring or autumn.
Cultivation of the herb:Damp or gravelly slopes, thickets and meadows.
Known hazards of Vicia americana:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.