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Crown Vetch

Oil painting, 12″x12″ plus 3/4″ wide ornate black/gold wooden frame.  Painted for my Pretty Weeds art show, which runs May through July 2024 at Sociable Cider Werks.

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Crown Vetch

Flower size: 1 inch clusters of ½ inch flowers

Scientific name: Securigera varia, also Coronilla varia L.

Other common names: crownvetch, purple crown vetch, trailing crown-vetch, axseed

Native to Africa, Asia and Europe

Identified as invasive in a number of U.S. states where it has escaped cultivation into natural areas.

A tough, aggressive spreading plant that will crowd out its neighbors in a show garden but is well suited to a sunny bank, where it will grow for decades with little to no fertilizing, mowing, or weeding since the thick foliage prevents weeds from growing amid it.” -Wikipedia

Crownvetch, a vining legume in the Fabaceae (pea) family, is is commonly used throughout the United States and Canada for erosion control, roadside planting and soil rehabilitation. It’s useful as forage for ruminant animals such as cattle and sheep, and deer eat it in the wild.


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