Large Russian Vetch (Vicia villosa)

Perennial Climber
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Large Russian Vetch
Vicia villosa

Used as a spring or autumn sown green manure. The seed can be sown in September to overwinter, or as late as October for a greenhouse green manure[87].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed[2]. No more details are given.

    Used as a vegetable[177]. No more details are given.

  • Cautionary Notes

    There is some evidence that the seed may be toxic but this has only been shown under laboratory conditions, there are no recorded cases of poisoning by this plant in Britain[76].

Cultivation & Habitat

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in spring or autumn.
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position if the soil is reliably moist throughout the growing season, otherwise it is best grown in semi-shade[200]. Cultivated for its edible seed in N. and C. Europe[2]. This species is not very deep rooting[87]. 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].
C. and S. Europe. W. Asia and N. Africa. Naturalized in Britain[17].

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