Although no specific mention of toxicity for this species has been found, at least some members of this genus contain furanocoumarins, these substances can cause photosensitivity in some people.
Root - raw or cooked. Rich in starch. The root can also be dried, ground into a powder and used in soups or with cereals for making bread etc. The root is up to 60mm long and 15mm thick. The root was an important food source fr the native North American Indians.
The plant is a good soil stabilizer in its natural environment.There are no material uses listed for Psoralea hypogaea.
Medicinal uses(Warning!)There are no medicinal uses listed for Psoralea hypogaea.
Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in early to mid spring in a greenhouse. Either sow the seed in individual pots or pot up the young seedlings as soon as possible in order to avoid root disturbance. Grow them on in the pots until planting out in their final positions. It is usually impossible to transplant this species without fatal damage to the root. Division in spring. With great care since the plant resents root disturbance. It is virtually impossible to divide this species successfully.
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Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil. Requires a well-drained soil in a sunny position. Plants are very intolerant of root disturbance, they are best planted out into their permanent positions whilst still small. Some botanists have reclassified the plant and now call it Pediomelum hypogaeum. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby.
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