Russian Vetch (Vicia villosa)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 36 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
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K (Potassium)
Cu (Copper)
Co (Cobalt)
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Bees


Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 2, 2013 5:30 PM

This is my favorite of all the vetches commonly used as color crops. Delicate airy foliage with really pretty but quite small purple flowers. Hairy Vetch does not much like the heat of summer so I grow it mainly in the spring and fall. Very attractive to bees.

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