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Perennial peanut

Flower structure and leaf canopy of forage peanut. Source: ECHO Staff

Forage peanut is a perennial herb native to Brazil that is found throughout South America and has many uses. It is used as a cover crop because of its thick growth and strong root which make it effective for erosion, weed and fire control. In addition to its many uses, perennial peanuts are resistant to most peanut diseases. Their nuts and leaves are inedible for humans, but livestock graze easily in perennial peanut vines. For complete information on this important grass visit: