Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1633

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013

 

LEAVES:
Even-pinnately compound: (12)16-24 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue-violet (rarely white)
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary
Racemes long-stalked, one-sided, with 20-50 densely clustered flowers

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Vicia cracca   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vicia cracca ssp. cracca   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-36-005:
Vicia cracca   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Cow Vetch, Tufted Vetch