Montana Outdoors

June 3, 2018

American Vetch

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:44 pm

American Vetch

American Vetch ~ Vicia americana

This is a vine and can create some fairly large patches but it is also palatable to cattle and I suspect deer and elk use it as well. I see quite a bit of it locally, but none that has ever grown so thick and large that it seems to be a problem.

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18 Comments »

  1. We have quite a bit of it here too. Pretty plant.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 3, 2018 @ 8:50 pm

  2. Very like our Common Vetch, both in colour and leaf shape. Actually, your American vetch is a prettier colour than ours.

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    Comment by Vicki — June 4, 2018 @ 4:02 am

    • I would imagine there are variations of this plant almost worldwide. The colors of the blossoms vary a lot from light pastels to deep purple. I liked the subtle shades of this one. This photo was taken in deep shade with a 70 – 300mm lens as an experiment.

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      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2018 @ 7:34 am

  3. It’s flowers are pretty. Mostly what I see here are the invasive vetches like crown vetch. Still pretty though!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 4, 2018 @ 2:58 pm

    • This one is native here and from what I’ve seen is not a problem. It’s common but seems to grow just in small concentrations.

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      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2018 @ 9:25 pm

  4. I cannot but praise Your macro.

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    Comment by Sartenada — June 5, 2018 @ 12:22 am

    • Thank you Matti! The subtle colors of this one are hard to capture!

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      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2018 @ 8:09 am

  5. This is quite similar to our deer pea vetch (Vicia ludoviciana). The color is especially close, and the leaves are similar. The good folks at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center say that ours is “valuable as a nutritious browse for widlife and as a soil builder through nitrogen fixation.” I suspect yours performs similar functions.

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 5, 2018 @ 1:21 pm

    • I visited the place where I photographed this one and found that a deer had eaten the entire plant during the night.

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      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2018 @ 1:23 pm

  6. Amazing all I have missed when out and about. Seems to be from a common family from all your comments here but I’m not sure I’ve even heard of it before.

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    Comment by Candace — June 8, 2018 @ 7:20 pm

  7. I’ve always wanted to visit Montana. Beautiful picture!

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    Comment by BloomsandBeautifuls — July 20, 2018 @ 9:27 am

    • Thanks! There’s still a lot of beauty here, especially when you get away from the roads.

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      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2018 @ 4:37 pm


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