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Vicia cracca

Tufted vetch

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  • Vicia cracca | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Vicia cracca | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.6m to 2m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourPale purple, turning blue
  • Leaf ColourDeep green

Description

Vicia cracca (Tufted vetch). This perennial is a vigorous species which produces scrambling stems about 1.8m long with deep green pinnate leaves. The flowers are violet to purple about 10cm long in the summer. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial, Climber

Other common names

Bird vetch, Canada pea, Vetch

Origin

Britain & Europe

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow

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Needs

  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium

Cultivation

They are easily grown in ordinary garden soil. They will self-seed freely and can become a nuisance.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds, or perennial species by division in the autumn.

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