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Trigonella corniculata belongs to the family Fabaceae.

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Trigonella Corniculata belongs to the family Fabaceae.

Overview of Trigonella Corniculata

Habitats are: Cultivated ground, dry banks and grassy places.
Range of distribution: Europe – Mediterranean to W. Asia.
• Trigonella corniculata is a ANNUAL.
• It can grow up to a height of 0.6 m (2ft).
• The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are 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 dry or moist soil.
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Young leaves and stems tips – cooked as a potherb.
Medicinal Uses: Astringent; Bitter; Styptic. It is applied externally to swellings and bruises.

The plant is scientifically classified as below:
• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Rosids
• Order: Fabales
• Family: Fabaceae
• Subfamily: Faboideae
• Tribe: Trifolieae
• Genus: Trigonella

Growing/Caring conditions of Trigonella Coelesyriaca

• Prepare a planting area in mid spring in a protected, sunny area.
• The plant likes good amount of heat from sun for it grow right.
• Trigonella likes it hot and so choose a location beside your house or garage where the sun shines every day.
• Spread a 2-inch layer of organic compost on top of the soil.
• This will help to fertilize the soil and aid in the help of growth of plant.
• Turn it under to a depth of about 8 inches.
• Rake the area level, and make a shallow trench with your hoe.
• This hoe should be about 1/2 inch deep.
• Plant seeds directly into the garden.
• Space them about 4 inches apart in the trench that is created.
• Cover with a scant 1/4 inch of your soil and compost mixture.
• Water the planting area with a sprinkler for about 10 minutes.
• This is necessary for the germination of the seeds that have been planted.
• Keeps the soil moist until you see green sprouts emerging from the soil.
• Water only when the soil is dry later.
• Allow the plants to form seedpods.
• This typically occurs in late summer or fall.
• Wait until seedpods turn yellow before you harvest them.
• Dry the seedpods in a sunny location for about one week.
• Cover them at night if you expect rain or fog.
• Break open the pods to extract the seeds.
• Store them in an airtight jar or plastic bag.
• This way they will remain dry.

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