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
Plants spread from rhizomes up to 10 feet long, forming a dense cover.

crown vetch stems
Creeping stems grow 2 to 6 feet long. Leaves are dark green and composed of 15-25 pairs of oblong leaflets.

crown vetch flower
Flowers form in clusters on long stalks, are pinkish-lavender to white and bloom May to August.

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