Vicia Species, Fodder Vetch, Hairy Vetch, Winter Vetch

Vicia villosa

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vicia (VIK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: villosa (vil-OH-suh) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Biennials

Groundcovers

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors 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.

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