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Vicia tenuifolia - Roth.

Common Name Fine-Leaved Vetch, Cow vetch
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A casual on disturbed ground and locally naturalized in Britain[17].
Range Europe to Asia. Locally naturalized in Britain[17].
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Vicia tenuifolia Fine-Leaved Vetch, Cow vetch


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Vicia tenuifolia Fine-Leaved Vetch, Cow vetch
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Vicia tenuifolia is a PERENNIAL.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Cracca tenuifolia. Vicia cracca subsp. tenuifolia. Ervum tenuifolium. Vicia brachytropis.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Shoots
Edible Uses:

A vegetable[177]. No more details are given, it is likely to be either the young shoots or the seeds that are used[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200]. Dynamic accumulator.

Special Uses

Dynamic accumulator  Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position if the soil is reliably moist throughout the growing season, otherwise it is best grown in semi-shade[200].

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Plant Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in spring or autumn.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Roth.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

rose   Sat Nov 16 02:43:49 2002

My father told me the flowers are edible

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