Montana Outdoors

June 27, 2008

Still don’t like that name!

Vetch. Somehow it seems unjust for a very pretty flower to have such a name. I greatly prefer calling it “Wild Pea”. Oh, well… it doesn’t seem to mind.

American vetch, vicia americana

The blossoms

American vetch

A stalk of blossoms

American vetch

A hillside of WIld peas (with the Coeur d’Alene mountains as a backdrop).

American vetch


  1. Mmmmm what beauty, what color! (Your) life’s a vetch, montucky! I envy you. I guess you could also say that’s a vetchy color! 😀


    Comment by Tabbie — June 27, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

  2. wow, love that hillside photo!


    Comment by silken — June 27, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

  3. Tabbie,

    As you can see, these cover the ground in many areas now. I don’t remember them ever blooming like this before: must be due to all of the winter snow we had last winter.


    Comment by montucky — June 27, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

  4. silken,

    The hillside is about a mile from my house and I just had to photograph that scene today when I saw it. I was just taking my dog out for a walk.


    Comment by montucky — June 27, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

  5. They are amazing! 🙂


    Comment by Tabbie — June 27, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  6. Does it help that here in the northeast it is called “Crown” Vetch? Sort of gives it a little extra class! It’s common here in the fields,… although it’s a challenge to walk through, really snags at your ankles. But for roadside and field blues, you can’t beat Vetch and of course Chickory.


    Comment by Cedar — June 28, 2008 @ 4:03 am

  7. Tabbie,

    They certainly decorate the roadsides in the area. There are large splashes of purple everywhere.


    Comment by montucky — June 28, 2008 @ 8:30 am

  8. Cedar,

    Yes, I like “Crown” Vetch much better, although I still prefer Wild Pea. We have Chickory here too but I haven’t seen it in bloom yet. It sure is colorful though and there are usually a few large parches of it around.


    Comment by montucky — June 28, 2008 @ 8:33 am

  9. Beautiful images Terry, they have such a vivid color, great shots !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — June 28, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

  10. It’s a very colorful flower. There are a lot of variations in color, too.


    Comment by montucky — June 28, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

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