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PlantFiles: American Vetch
Vicia americana

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vicia (VIK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials
Vines and Climbers

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive kathyblue On Jul 11, 2013, kathyblue from Aaronsburg, PA wrote:

http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_viam.pdf

A nice native plant for tough spots.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania
Portsmouth, Virginia



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