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PlantFiles: 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)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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

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


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

, (2 reports)
Palmer, Alaska
Howell, Michigan
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Arlington, Texas

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