Wildflowers forum: Purple wildflower ID needed please, in Idaho

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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jun 5, 2013 2:45 PM CST
I saw this pretty flower a couple of miles from my house, growing on a dry hillside. It's sort of a vine, but not very tall. It was hard to stretch it out to see how tall it actually was. It has tendrils that it is clinging to other plants with, and it is a tiny bit sticky feeling. Not sure if it was just me thinking it was a little sticky, or if it actually is sticky. It's also a tiny bit fuzzy and soft. The flowers are beautiful, and each flower is about an inch in length. Any suggestions on the name would be appreciated, and if anyone knows anything about gathering seed from it, that would be great too. I don't want to dig it up, but would like to get some started on my property. Maybe from cuttings, if I learn what plant it is.

Thanks for any help!

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Natalie
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jun 5, 2013 3:18 PM CST

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Natalie, I know that plant as Purple Vetch, but there are many different vetches, so you might research Vetch and see what you can find out, or maybe someone from your area knows the correct scientific name. Smiling
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 5, 2013 3:30 PM CST
Thank you Josephine!! That is exactly what it is! I'm not worried about the correct name. I think it might grow okay from seed, since there is a good sized area with it, but it doesn't seem to be too invasive, as I didn't find it anywhere else between my house and where it's growing. It was only on one side of the road, too. I'll have to find some info on growing it. I think it would look great on the hillside!
Natalie

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