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Hedysarum occidentale - Greene.                
                 
Common Name Liquorice Root, Western sweetvetch
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry and often rocky soils of open areas, from the plains to about 2,600 metres[212].
Range Western N. America - Montana to Washington, south to Utah and Colorado.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Hedysarum occidentale is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Hedysarum occidentale Liquorice Root, Western sweetvetch


Hedysarum occidentale Liquorice Root, Western sweetvetch
   
Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[212]. Long and sweet with a liquorice-like flavour[183]. Used in the spring it is crisp and juicy' but it becomes tough and woody as the season advances.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
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]. This species is closely related to H. boreale[212]. Does well in the rock garden or border[1]. 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].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
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].
Related Plants                                         
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Hedysarum alpinumAlpine Sweetvetch30
Hedysarum arcticum 20
Hedysarum borealeSweet Vetch, Utah sweetvetch, Northern sweetvetch40
Hedysarum boreale mackenziiLiquorice Root40
Hedysarum hedysaroidesAlpine French Honeysuckle30
Hedysarum sachalinense 20
Hedysarum vicioides 20
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Author                                         
Greene.
                                                                                 
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Readers comment                                         
 
Elizabeth H.
Wed May 17 2006
The herb does have medicinal uses (particulary for treating ulcers) more uses can be found with a simple google search
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