Anthyllis Vulneraria

Also known as ladies' fingers, lamb's toes, staunchwort and woundwort. This European perennial is found in limestone soils, dry meadows and on hills. The strong taproot sends up an 8 - 16 inch stem with leaves. During May to September, yellow flowers appear in clover-like arrangements.

The flowers of the kidney vetch plant have astringent properties. An infusion is effective when used to wash wounds. After washing, the wound should be covered with a poultice which is changed every hour. Kidney-vetch tea is good as a mild purgative, and can help to stop vomiting in children.

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