American Vetch

Vicia americana, native
  • Naturally fixes nitrogen in the soil
  • Highly palatable for wildlife and livestock
  • Two varieties found in Alberta: var. americana is taller and var. sparsifolia is shorter and more hairy
  • Long-lived, cool season perennial
  • Lavender- or fuchsia-coloured flowers
  • Flowers May to September
  • Used primarily for soil improvement along roadsides and for bank stabilization

Characteristics Table
Growth Habit Tap Root
Flood Tolerance Fair
Drought Tolerance Good
Salt Tolerance Poor
Soil PH Neutral to Basic
Soil Type Moderately Coarse to Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb 33,000
Canopy Mature Height 15-60 cm

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