Weed of the week: Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 13:41

BIRD VETCH (Vicia cracca)

A member of the pea family, this plant is all over Eagle River, especially along the loop road. I mention this again because it is at its height right now. A perennial, Bird Vetch reproduces by seed and vegetatively by underground rhizomes. Bird Vetch aggressively climbs fences, trees and bushes, stealing sunlight, moisture and space. Vetch is multiple branching, with vine-like stems and purple flowers arranged on a one-sided spike. This plant has small tendrils and it grabs as it climbs. This is trying to get into my yard and I am determined to keep it out. Don’t let it go to seed. Do not put in your compost pile.

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