Plant ID forum: Need to identify plant

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Miker89
Sep 19, 2017 5:32 PM CST
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crawgarden
Sep 19, 2017 5:33 PM CST
Looks like vetch
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daylilydreams
Sep 19, 2017 5:45 PM CST
Here is a website from the U of MN that shows some wildflowers in the legume family which looks like a possibility to me. The pictures may help you ID the plant. https://www.extension.umn.edu/...

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Leftwood
Sep 19, 2017 7:25 PM CST
It looks most like Crown vetch(Coronilla varia). It had its heyday maybe 25 years ago, when it was thought to be a an excellent groundcover, especially for large hillsides. Over the years it's been found to be a thug, and the Minnesota DNR lists it as a terrestrial invasive species
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/inv...

It has a very sprawling nature and grows thickly, that tends to envelop and choke out nearby plants. This is unlike native vetches that grow in concert with other plants.
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Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Sep 19, 2017 8:33 PM CST
Back in the late 60s/early 70s crown vetch was being recommended as a way of securing hill sides and as an aside had nitrogen fixing ability, it is very aggressive.
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