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Trigonella foenum-graecum

Also known as

Alholva, Bird's Foot, Greek Clover, Fenegriek (Afr.), Greek hay, Classical fenugreek

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Fenugreek Overview

Trigonella foenum-graecum is a herb similar to clover that is native to the Mediterranean region. The seeds are used in cooking, to make medicine, or to hide the taste of other medicine. Fenugreek seeds smell and taste somewhat like maple syrup. The seeds are used as a spice to flavour curries and the leaves can be eaten fresh or dried. Also known as Greek-Clover, it is a member of the legume family and as such helps to capture and release nitrogen into the soil. It can be grown as green manure, working best when dug back into the top 15cm (6") before it begins to flower.

Common problems with Fenugreek

Cercospora leaf spot and Charcoal rot which are caused by a fungus. Aphids suck the sap of tender parts of plants and affects the growth, adversely.

    Fenugreek Companion Plants

    Asian greens, lettuce, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash

    How to harvest Fenugreek

    Once the seeds start turning yellow, use your hands to harvest the Fenugreek and simply snap off the husks. Wash the seeds in cool running water and towel dry afterwards.

    How to propagate Fenugreek


    Fenugreek is a fast-growing annual and is best started 4-6 weeks indoors prior to the last frost of the season. Seeds should be sown 35mm deep in a lightweight medium soil and keep well-moistened.

    Special features of Fenugreek

    Crop rotation

    Light feeder

    Pot plant

    You can grow fenugreek in containers with good drainage. It’s similar to cilantro or parsley.

    Other uses of Fenugreek

    Culinary, soil conditioner


    Fenugreek is used for kidney ailments, mouth ulcers, boils, bronchitis, tuberculosis, chronic coughs, chapped lips, baldness, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and exercise performance.


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