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Vicia villosa

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

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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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 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 kjsacramento 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.


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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