Alpine Sweetvetch (Hedysarum alpinum)

Perennial
H. americanum. H. boreale. Hort. non Nutt.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Alpine Sweetvetch
Hedysarum alpinum
Leguminosae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – raw or cooked[61, 177]. A carrot-like flavour[105]. The root can be harvested from autumn until spring, it tastes best after some frosts[172].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe or in the spring[200]. Stored seed should be pre-soaked for 24 hours in warm water. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring. Great care is needed since the plant dislikes root disturbance[200].
Easily grown in ordinary garden soil in a sunny position, preferring a deep well-drained sandy loam[1, 200]. Plants strongly resent root disturbance and should be placed in their permanent positions as soon as possible[1]. The var. H. alpinum americanum. Michx. is used for food[61, 177]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].
N. America. to N. Asia.

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