Blue Vetch, Tufted Vetch
Vicia cracca

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vicia (VIK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: cracca (KRAY-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

, (2 reports)

Palmer, Alaska

Howell, Michigan

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Arlington, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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positives
1
neutral
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negative
RatingContent
Negative

On Mar 15, 2008, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Vicia cracca is considered invasive by the Minnesota DNR
"Ecological Threat:

* Both vetches are not a threat to healthy native prairies at this time, but can be a problem in prairie reconstructions and on disturbed sites.
* They grow best on the dry sandy soils of disturbed fields and thickets.
* Both vetches have naturalized in the U.S. and are grown for forage, green fertilizer or cover crop. They occur throughout the eastern and midwestern states extending into southern Canada."

Neutral

On May 15, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Blue Vetch Vicia cracca, is a Naturalized plant in Texas.