Scientific Name: Vicia cracca
Common Name: tufted vetch, bird vetch
Family Name: Fabaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Invasive plant, Vine or climber, Weed (horticultural)
Mature Size: 1.3 - 2.0m x 2 - 3m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading
Form: Climbing
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses:
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media:
Leaves: Compound, Alternate, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Even-pinnate, Lanceolate, Entire
Flowers: Raceme, Violet, May-Jun-Jul-Aug-Sep-Oct
Fruit: Legume, Brown, Jul-Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Aggressive choking weed; leaves compound, pinnate with linear leaflets, tendrils at leaf ends; inflorescence a raceme, florets violet to purple, narrow; fruit a small brown legume.