Saturday, June 26, 2010

PhotoHunt: Purple Cow Vetch

Viccia cracca
Cow vetch is not invasive in Vermont, but is in some other states. Vetch is not on the list of the Vermont Invasive Exotic Plant Committee. Cow vetch is not native to Vermont. But it is everywhere in every field and meadow. Cow vetch is also called tufted vetch and bird vetch. Crown vetch is a different species and is purple and white and can be confused with clover. Cow vetch is good cattle food and enriches the soil. Cow vetch is also a great source of nectar for birds and butterflies.

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  1. Since I have been putting in flower beds and trying to plant a butterfly and bird garden.. I've tried to look into more of the native plants. These are lovely. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Beautiful shots for the purple theme and interesting information too. I hope you have a great weekend.

  3. Interesting plant! I don't think I have seen vetch around us.

  4. very pretty flower. I don't think I have seen it here in new Zealand.


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