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Hairy vetch

A species of Vetches, Also known as Fodder vetch, Winter vetch
Botanical name : Vicia villosa Genus : Vetches

Hairy vetch, A species of Vetches
Also known as:
Fodder vetch, Winter vetch
Botanical name: Vicia villosa
Genus: Vetches
Hairy vetch (Vicia villosa)

Description

Hairy vetch is often grown as a cover crop, or to provide forage or fodder for animals. However, use caution when planting and check your local regulations, as this plant is considered an invasive species in many states in the U.S. and several other countries.
Plant Type
Herb
Lifespan
Annual, Biennial, Perennial
Bloom Time
Spring, summer
Plant Height
30 - 150 cm
Spread
30 - 91 cm
Invasive
Yes
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General Info

Name story

Hairy vetch
It is a plant native to some parts of Europe and western Asia. It is a legume and it is grown as a forage crop, fodder crop, cover crop, and green manure. As the stem is featured with hair, it is called hairy vetch.

Symbolism

I Cling To Thee, Shyness

Usages

Garden Use
One of the best uses of hairy vetch is planting it as a green manure crop to add nutrients to the soil for a vegetable garden. This plant fixes nitrogen from the air, making this crucial plant nutrient available to other crops after the hairy vetch is cut and tilled into the soil. The dense foliage also adds considerable amounts of organic matter to the ground when it is used as green manure.
Hairy vetch (Vicia villosa) Hairy vetch (Vicia villosa)
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