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Vicia Genus

Vetch

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General Needs

  • SoilMedium

Description

Vicia genus (Vetch). There are about 140 species of annuals and perennials, which are related to the sweet-pea and which have the same tendrils at the ends of their pinnate leaves. The flowers are small, and borne in short spikes or clusters from the leaf axis, and are mostly white, pink, purple or pale yellow, followed by pods that are often hairy or woolly, and contain a row of small to large seeds.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Other common names

Tare

Interest and use

Attracts butterflies

Cultivation

They are easily grown in ordinary garden soil. They will self-seed freely and can become a nuisance, You can propagate from seeds, or perennial species by division in the autumn.

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