"Glycine, from glykys, sweet; the leaves and root of one species are sweet. Glycine frutescens, and especially Glycine sinensis, (now Wistaria consequena,) are most beautiful hardy climbing shrubs, with long, pendulous branches of blue flowers like the Laburnum."
Glycine apios, or ground-nut, indigenous and common in rich, moist woods and thickets, produces flowers in axillary, crowded racemes, of a blackish purple, and makes a pleasing addition to the various ornaments of the border. Its roots are strings of oblong cylindric tubers, frequently known by the name of pig, or Indian, potatoes; when roasted or boiled, they are eatable, having a flavor approaching the common potato, and said to have made an ordinary part of the vegetable food of the aborigines. The leaves are pinnated, each consisting of from five to seven ovate acuminate leaflets. Stems round, twining; from six to eight feet high; flowering in July and August.