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Vicia gigantea - Hook.

Common Name Giant Vetch
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist places in California, especially in redwood forests[71].
Range Western N. America - Alaska to California.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Vicia gigantea Giant Vetch


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Vicia gigantea Giant Vetch
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Vicia gigantea is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
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 can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

V. nigricans gigantea. (Hook.)Lassetter.&Gunn.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Young seed - raw or cooked[256]. The seeds are produced in pods 2 - 5cm long, each pod containing 3 - 4 round seeds the size of small peas[256]. They are eaten, when young, like green peas[2, 105, 118, 161], the flavour even of young seeds is rather strong, like old garden peas[256]. Some native North American Indian tribes regarded the seeds as poisonous, though other tribes would eat them as a snack. The pods were harvested when green and then roasted in an open fire until the pods started to split open. The seeds were then removed and eaten[256].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antidandruff  Laxative

The roots are laxative[257]. An infusion of the roots has been used as a tonic hair wash and anti-dandruff treatment[257].

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Other Uses

Hair

An infusion of the roots has been used as a tonic hair wash and anti-dandruff treatment[257]. Nitrogen fixer. Dynamic accumulator.

Special Uses

Dynamic accumulator  Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a fairly heavy loam but succeeds in a sunny position in most soils that are well-drained[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils.

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in spring or autumn.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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