Hedysarum alpinum L.
Alpine sweetvetch, Alpine sweet broom, Licorice root, Sweetbroom
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Hedysarum alpinum ssp. americanum, Hedysarum alpinum var. alpinum, Hedysarum alpinum var. americanum, Hedysarum alpinum var. grandiflorum, Hedysarum alpinum var. philoscia, Hedysarum americanum, Hedysarum caucasicum, Hedysarum hedysaroides, Hedysarum philoscia, Hedysarum sibiricum, Hedysarum truncatum
USDA Symbol: HEAL
Several erect, branching stems rise 1 1/2-3 ft. from a woody crown. From the axils of pinnately compound leaves rise long, straight, dense clusters of pinkish-lavender, pea-like flowers.
Like other members of the pea family, this plant needs the presence of microorganisms that inhabit nodules on the plants root system and produce nitrogen compounds necessary for the plants survival.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AK , ME , MI , MT , ND , NH , SD , VT , WY
Canada: AB , NB , NL , SK
Native Distribution: Circumpolar, s. in N. Am. to n. New England (rarely), the Black Hills, n.c. MT & B.C.
Native Habitat: Moist, mt. woods; limy river banks; gravelly slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Calcareous sands, gravels & rocky soils.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Use seeds, cuttings or divisions for increase. Seed germination is good.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Germination is increased with scarification.
Commercially Avail: yes
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hedysarum alpinum in USDA Plants
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff