Common Vetch

Vicia sativa

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vicia (VIK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: sativa (sa-TEE-vuh) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Canoga Park, California

Carlotta, California

Benton, Kentucky

Clayton, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Wilsons Mills, North Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Bastrop, Texas

Royse City, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 21, 2003, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is often used as a "green manure" and to add nitrogen to the soil. Where I live, it grows in the winter and spring and dies when hot weather comes. It is an annual that self-sows like gangbusters.

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