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Trigonella caerulea - (L.)Ser.

Common Name Sweet Trefoil, Blue fenugreek
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Naturalized on waste and arable land[200].
Range Europe - Mediterranean? The origin of this plant is obscure[50]
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Trigonella caerulea Sweet Trefoil, Blue fenugreek


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Trigonella caerulea Sweet Trefoil, Blue fenugreek

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Trigonella caerulea is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from July to August. 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. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Tea.

Young seedlings are eaten with oil and salt[183]. The leaves and young plants are eaten cooked[105, 177, 179]. The dried powdered leaves and flowers are used as a flavouring and colouring for bread etc[183]. They are also used as a condiment in soups and potato dishes[183]. A decoction of the leaves is used as an aromatic tea and as a flavouring for China tea[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1]. Prefers a well-drained loamy soil in full sun[200]. Cultivated in the Mediterranean for its leaves which are used as a flavouring[46, 61, 177]. 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]. When removing plant remains at the end of the growing season, it is best to only remove the aerial parts of the plant, leaving the roots in the ground to decay and release their nitrogen.

Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring in situ.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Trigonella corniculatacultivated fenugreek11
Trigonella foenum-graecumFenugreek, Sicklefruit fenugreek45
Trigonella suavissimaSweet Fenugreek20

 

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Readers comment

patrick bill   Fri Jan 17 19:42:29 2003

also used in cheesemaking!!!!

Rick Frye   Sun Apr 26 2009

I grew up eating this stuff - the seeds of which came from a Bulgarian immigrant. We had three shakers: Salt, Pepper, & this magic herb (mixed with some other ingredients) & used it on various meats & vegitables. I have grown my own for decades.

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