Indian Breadroot (Psoralea cuspidata)

Perennial
Pediomelum cuspidatum. (Pursh.)Rydb.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Indian Breadroot
Psoralea cuspidata
Leguminosae

Valuable under natural conditions as a soil stabilizer[200].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – raw or cooked[43, 105]. The root can also be dried, ground into a powder and used in soups or with cereals for making bread etc[161].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention of toxicity for this species has been found, at least some members of this genus contain furanocoumarins, these substances can cause photosensitivity in some people[65].

Cultivation & Habitat

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in early to mid spring in a greenhouse. Either sow the seed in individual pots or pot up the young seedlings as soon as possible in order to avoid root disturbance. Grow them on in the pots until planting out in their final positions. It is usually impossible to transplant this species without fatal damage to the root[200]. Division in spring. With great care since the plant resents root disturbance. It is virtually impossible to divide this species successfully[200].
We have very little information for this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of the country. Some botanists have reclassified the plant and now call it Pediomelum cuspidatum[274]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil[1]. Requires a well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants are very intolerant of root disturbance, they are best planted out into their permanent positions whilst still small[200]. 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].
South-eastern N. America – South Dakota to Kansas, Arkansas and Texas.

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