Trigonella Suavissima is a forb/herb that belongs to the genus Trigonella and family Leguminosae.
Overview of Trigonella Suavissima
It is known by the Common names like:
• Sweet fenugreek
• Cooper clover
• Channel clover
• Darling clover
• Menindee clover
• Australian shamrock (Australia)
Description of Trigonella Suavissima
• It is an annual plant.
• It bears prostrate or ascending and usually hairless stems and leaflets.
• Leaves are trifoliate.
• Leaflets broadly ovate or obcordate and about 12 mm long.
• Petioles are long and slender.
• The plant has four to eight flowers that are small and yellow in color.
• A strongly sweet scented herb.
• Trigonella suavissima is quite palatable but somewhat ephemeral.
• It requires general flooding to induce massive germinations.
• Local flooding will cause little or no germination.
• It grows particularly well after late summer-autumn or winter flooding.
• Trigonella suavissima has long been recognized as a potentially useful plant for domestication.
• It is a decumbent or ascending herb, stems to c. 50 cm long, fragrant.
• Pod: linear, 9–18 mm long, curving upwards, compressed laterally, glabrous to sparsely hairy; seeds 5–7.
• Flowering: autumn and winter.
• Grows along dry watercourses, floodplains and depressions, chiefly in western regions.
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 Suavissima
• 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.