Flower Friday: Hairy Vetch (Purple) #FlowerFriday #Biennials #Annuals #Flowers #HairyVetch

I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Last time I shared: Blue Wood Hyacinth
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Today’s share:

Purple Hairy Vetch

This is an interesting plant which I never planned on sharing, but it’s become a favorite over the years.

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This purple hairy vetch is a plant belonging to the legume family, but you wouldn’t want to eat it; although deer, turkey, and rabbits do. This plant is a good source of pollen and nectar for honey bees, which eagerly forage on its flowers. It’s commonly used as a cover/forage crop.

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These have interesting, vining flower stalks with lovely purple flowers. The vetch pictured here is roughly 12-14 inches tall. It’s growing on the side of my road, and I have no idea who planted it there. I believe this is a biennial that reseeds itself.


Plant facts:

  • Hairy Vetch/Winter Vetch
  • Botanical Name: Vicia villosa
  • Spring/summer blooming
  • Biennial/annual in zones below 9
  • Native to Europe and Western Asia

Thanks for checking out Flower Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

🧡 Mischenko

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