Hairy Vetch, Russian Vetch
Vicia villosa

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vicia (VIK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: villosa (vil-OH-suh) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Biennials

Groundcovers

Vines and Climbers

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

Arden-arcade, California

Fresno, California

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Waxahachie, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative

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

Vicia villosa 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 Apr 25, 2004, kjsacramento from Sacramento, CA wrote:

This plant is eye-catching, abundant with beautiful late spring blooms as it grows wild on the dry hot roadsides of Sacramento, but adjacent property owners have warned me that it is a nightmare to remove - very invasive. Lupine is a better alternative for the area with the same effect.