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Vetch (Cow)

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Vicia cracca
Vetch (Cow)


They are found in fields and roadsides.


The flowers are small and purple. They are bunched on one side of a long stem. The leaves are made up of 8 -12 small, pointed leaflets that evenly line the thin, vine-like stem (pinnately compound). Each leaf has a pair of tiny curling vines at the end. They bloom May through August.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Small irregular flowers growing along one side of a terminal raceme
Flower Color: Purple
Leaf Arrangement: Around the base only
Plant Type: Vine
Leaf Type: Tiny, narrow and entire (smooth edge) leaflets

Vetch (Cow) Photo

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