Herb: Purple Vetch
Latin name: Vicia benghalensis
Synonyms: Vicia atropurpurea
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Purple Vetch:Field margins, waste places etc in Britain.
Other uses of the herb:A good green manure plant, it is fairly fast growing, an effective weed suppresser, fixes nitrogen and makes a reasonable bulk. A turquoise-green dye is obtained from the flowers.
Propagation of Purple Vetch:Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in spring or autumn.
Cultivation of the herb:Field margins, waste places etc in Britain.
Medicinal use of Purple Vetch:None known
Known hazards of Vicia benghalensis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.