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Common Vetch flower

Garden Vetch

Vicia sativa

Plant Type:  annual / biennial   herbaceousnitrogen fixing legume

Description: A hardy winter legume with purple flowers and hairy, bean-like fruit pods

 
 
 

Plant Attributes

herbaceousnfixlegume
 

Plant Dimensions

Plant Height
20-60cm
Plant Spread
12-30cm

Plant Hardiness  zones

drought

Leaf

evenhairy

Stem

herbaceous

Fruit  edible

Seed  edible

Roots

fibrousnodule

Sun Aspect

Part Shade
 -  
Full Sun

Water Needs

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Maintenance Level: Low maintenance
 

 
 
 
 
  • likes well drained soil
  • Inoculate and sow direct into garden beds in the Winter
 
 
 
 
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Food: fruit pods are edible, but not particularly tasty
Animals: favoured forage for cows and horses
Insects: attracts bees
Farm: great winter legume cover crop
 
 
 
 
 
 
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