Vetch

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on August 23, 2010

Common vetch (Vicia sativa)  is often planted as a pasture forage for cattle.  It fixes nitrogen the way all legumes do and replenishes the soil as it grows.  Sometimes it is used as a cover crop between plantings of row crops for the same reason.  Further, it is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.

Vetch Flower

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