Location: Northeast Ohio
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…
Thanks to the group ID Me – Nature Photos Only, this flower has been positively identified.
*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.