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Hedysarum hedysaroides - (L.)Schinz.&Thell.

Common Name Alpine French Honeysuckle
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Gravel river bars, roadsides, rocky hills and meadows, 1200 - 2500 metres in the Alps[172, 187].
Range S. and C. Europe, Arctic Russia and Western N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Hedysarum hedysaroides Alpine French Honeysuckle


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hedysarum hedysaroides is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is 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.

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Synonyms

H. obscurum.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked. Sweet and highly nutritious. Harvested from late autumn to spring, it is sweetened by frost[172].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Nitrogen Fixer

Cultivation details

Easily grown in ordinary garden soil that is moist in summer[187] and a sunny position[1], preferring a deep well-drained sandy loam[1, 200]. This species is hardy to about -20°c[187]. Plants strongly resent root disturbance and should be placed in their permanent positions as soon as possible[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].

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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].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Hedysarum alpinumAlpine SweetvetchPerennial0.6 4-8  LMHNM30 
Hedysarum arcticum Perennial0.3 -  LMHNM20 
Hedysarum borealeSweet Vetch, Utah sweetvetch, Northern sweetvetchPerennial0.1 3-7  LMHNM40 
Hedysarum boreale mackenziiLiquorice RootPerennial0.1 3-7  LMHNM40 
Hedysarum occidentaleLiquorice Root, Western sweetvetchPerennial0.1 4-8  LMHNM40 
Hedysarum sachalinense Perennial0.5 -  LMHNM20 
Hedysarum vicioides Perennial0.7 3-7  LMHNM20 

 

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(L.)Schinz.&Thell.

Botanical References

200

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