Crown Vetch (Coronilla Varia) by Marcia Rubin
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Location: Northeast Ohio
Month: June
I found this flower sitting about 10 feet away from a pond. Acres of grassy fields surround this pond, with an occasional tree here and there. This little flower was mixed in with a lot of tall grass.
I have looked high and low to identify this, and still come up empty handed.
Hopefully the “experts” will chime in here and solve this mystery…
UPDATE:
Mystery Solved!
Thanks to the group ID Me – Nature Photos Only, this flower has been positively identified.
Flower Facts
*Common Name: Crown Vetch
*Scientific Name: Coronilla varia
*Crown vetch is an invasive species, and is a serious management threat to natural areas due to its seeding ability and rapid vegetative spreading by creeping roots
*Crown vetch is a member of the Pea or Fabaceae family. This low growing vine is commonly used throughout the United States for erosion control, roadside planting and soil rehabilitation.
*Crown vetch is toxic to horses because of the presence of nitroglycosides. If consumed in large amounts, it can cause slow growth, paralysis, or death.
*Height: Crown vetch has a creeping stem reaching 3 to 5 dm in length.
*Leaves: The compound leaves range from 5 to 10 cm in length and have nine to twenty-five leaflets. Leaflets are one to two cm long, oblong with persistent stipules.
*Flowers: Five to twenty pea-like flowers are umbellate and borne on a stalk 5 to 15 cm long. Flower color is somewhat variable from pink, rose, or lilac. Flowers appear in late May-August
*Fruit/Seeds: The four-angled legume is from 1.5-5.5 cm long. It has from three to seven one-seeded segments.
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pink, flower, ohio, june, crown vetch, nature, outdoors, wildflowers

Comments

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    looks like Red Clover, Trifolium pratense or similiar?

  • But the foliage on this is very different than clover.

    – Marcia Rubin

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    lovely exotic!!

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    Sorry…I typed that all in when I was talking to my son…forgot to turn the page back in m book…lol
    Try Crown vetch, Coronilla varia

  • You are brilliant…. Simply Brilliant! Thank you SOOOOOOO Much for solving this mystery!!

    – Marcia Rubin

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    lol…not brilliant…just have a LOT of books! :o)

  • I think I could get lost in your library of knowledge :-) I think you should take a picture of it!
    And yes…. Brilliant :-) Don’t argue…. lol

    – Marcia Rubin

  • So… I just figured out why I sometimes end up with crossed out text. Looks like the parenthesis are the culprit. How funny is that? lol
    But wait… does this mean that I can’t smile as much? I like to smile!

    – Marcia Rubin

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    lol…I was WONDERING why sometimes I get notes with the line running thru! hahaha
    I’ll have to get a SET of px of my book collection……just ordered a few more thru AbeBooks which has GREAT used and new books……also found a site that helps me find the ‘cheapest’ ones FetchBook.Info …it’ll give you every site that has a book title listed for sale…..starting with least expensive.
    Unfortunately doesn’t always list ONLY the ones in the country I’m in. grrr Since many don’t ship outside of Europe or other locations

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 3 years ago


    Congratulations Marcia!

  • How awesome! Thank you so much :-)

    – Marcia Rubin

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 3 years ago


    Congratulations Marcia…I appreciate your contribution to the group!

  • Awesome! Thanks so much for featuring my photo :-)

    – Marcia Rubin

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 3 years ago

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