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Crown Vetch—Coronilla varia

Originally planted for erosion control, crown vetch is a perennial herb, now commonly found along roads and streams, and in open fields, pastures, and waste areas.

crown vetch plant crown vetch stems crown vetch flower
Plants spread from rhizomes up to 10 feet long, forming a dense cover. Creeping stems grow 2 to 6 feet long. Leaves are dark green and composed of 15-25 pairs of oblong leaflets. Flowers form in clusters on long stalks, are pinkish-lavender to white and bloom May to August.

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[Photos, left to right: Richard Old, XID services; Dan Tenaglia, Missouriplants.com; Dan Tenaglia, Missouriplants.com]

 
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