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Cow Vetch
Vicia cracca
Cow Vetch

Crown Vetch
Coronilla varia Crown Vetch

Alien wildflowers

Found in almost any north country field and along roadsides. Vetches were once used as cattle fodder.

Flowers are actually clusters of blooms. Cow Vetch has a 'spike' while Crown Vetch is 'umbrel' shaped. Note how you can see thru the Crown Vetch flower

Both Vetches can create a tangled mess of growth. - Crown Vetch has a more creeping form of growth.

Soil Type: - sandy loam
Soil ph: Neutral
Water: - Moist to Dry
Light: - Sun


Height: - 2 - 3 ft
Time of bloom: - June - Aug
Flower colors: - see photos

Crown Vetch
Crown Vetch


Cow Vetch
Cow Vetch
(no cows were available for the photo-shoot so I used the best stand-ins available)

All photos taken June 23 on the Backwoods road in the Town of Colton, St. Lawrence County, NY