Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Meadow Vetchling
Lathyrus pratensis
of the Pea family
a perennial
50 -120 cm high
blooms May - August
likes rough grassy places, fields, meadows
can be seen by the Pond and between there and the Roman Bath-house

A folk name for this plant is "lady's slippers" because of the shape of its flowers. It is also known as "yellow tare-tine". Farmers like Meadow Vetchling since it's roots fix nitrogen in the soil, so acting as a natural fertiliser. It also contributes well to the food-value of hay.
It has been used as a herbal treatment for chest conditions.