Hedysarum ObscurumCreeping-Rooted Hedysarum
- Class and Order
- Diadelphia Decagynia
- Generic Character
- Cor. carina transverse obtusa. Legumen articulis 1-spermis.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- HEDYSARUM obscurum foliis pinnatis, stipulis vaginalibus, caule erecto flexuoso, floribus pendulis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 676. Mant. 447. Jacq. Fl. Austr. v. 2. t. 168
- HEDYSARUM caule recto, ramoso; foliis ovatis; siliquis pendulis, lævissimis, venosis. Hall. Hist. Helv. n. 395
- ONOBRYCHIS semine clypeato lævi. Bauh. Pin. 350.
Prof. Jacquin, in the second volume of the Flora austriaca, gives an excellent figure and accurate description of our plant, a native of the Alps of Germany and Switzerland, and points out the characters in which it differs from the alpinum, for which it has sometimes been mistaken.
It is a hardy perennial, rarely exceeding a foot in height, produces its spikes of pendulous flowers, which are of a most beautiful purple colour, in July and August; hitherto these have not been succeeded by seed-vessels with us; though we have cultivated the plant for several years.
Its size renders it a suitable plant for rock-work, on which it will grow readily, increasing by its roots, which are of the creeping kind.
Haller mentions a variety of it with white flowers.