49. Kidney Vetch

No 49
Common Name: Kidney Vetch
Scientific Name: Anthyllis vulneraria
Irish Name: Méara Muire
Family: Fabaceae
Habitat: Found on free draining calcareous soils on chalk and limestone grasslands, rocky outcrops and near the sea on shingle and sand dunes
Uses: Principal food plants of the larvae of the Small Blue Butterfly.  Used in traditional medicine for the treatment of wounds. The species name Vulneraria means wound in Latin.

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