Crown Vetch Invasive? - Knowledgebase Question

Benson, NC
Question by Melanie0119
December 29, 1999
I was thinking of planting crown vetch in my drainage ditch to help control erosion but I heard it can naturalize and take over other areas of your yard. Is this true?

Answer from NGA
December 29, 1999


Yes, crown vetch is difficult to eradicate once established and it spreads readily by underground rhizomes. If there is no barrier between your drainage ditch and your lawn, it would probably invade.

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