Herb: Bitter Vetch
Latin name: Vicia ervilia
Synonyms: Ervum ervilia
Edible parts of Bitter Vetch:Seed - cooked. Used as a lentil, it is occasionally eaten in soups. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Disturbed ground.
Propagation of Bitter Vetch:Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in spring or autumn.
Cultivation of the herb:Disturbed ground.
Medicinal use of Bitter Vetch:None known
Known hazards of Vicia ervilia:One report says that the seed might be poisonous.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.