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.