Trigonella gracilis is a prostrate, perennial plant growing from a stout rootstock; the stems can be 15 - 45cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - Himalayan regions of Pakistan, India and Nepal
Open, rocky ground; at elevations from 2,200 - 3,400 metres[
]. Dry, rocky hills[
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Prefers a well-drained loamy soil in full sun[
]. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[
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[
A paste made from the plant is applied topically to treat skin diseases[
All species in this genus have soil binding and soil improvement properties[
Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring in situ.