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PlantFiles: 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)

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Vines and Climbers

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Kelli 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.


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Canoga Park, California
Carlotta, California
Benton, Kentucky
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilsons Mills, North Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Bastrop, Texas
Royse City, Texas

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