Cow Vetch

PineSinger

Phillipsport, United States

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Also known as Purple-white Tufted Vetch, this wildflower is in the Pea family.

This aggressive climbing or trailing vine bears showy purple to blue pea flowers in a one-sided spike.
This is an introduced perennial vine or herb, with smooth stem, growing to a height ofstems 4-7 ft long.
The leaves are alternate, pinnately compound, terminated by a split tendril; leaflets in 4-15 pairs, linear to elliptic, bristle-tipped, to 1 in long and 0.25 in wide.

The flowers are blue-violet to reddish-purple (rarely cream or white), stalked, to 0.75 in long; in crowded, one-sided, long-stalked cluster of 15-70 flowers.
The fruit is a narrow straight pod, green becoming dark brownish-black, to 1.25 in long, 0.25 in wide.
WARNING: The seeds of some Vicias contain cyanide compounds and are toxic to humans and animals if eaten.
This flower blooms May to August, in open sites: open woodlands, forest edges, meadows, fields, cropland, roadsides, trails, disturbed areas; usually below 5000 ft; also cultivated for forage, erosion control, and as a cover crop.
Its range is Native to Europe and Asia; introduced and naturalized throughout northern and central North America, from Labrador south to Georgia, west to Arkansas, northwest to South Dakota, southwest to Wyoming, Utah, and California, north to Alaska; also found in Hawaii. Not reported in Nevada, North Dakota, Mississippi, Georgia, or South Carolina.

Photographed along the road in Indian Orchard area of the Bashakill Wetlands, New York, USA

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