KENAI PENINSULA COOPERATIVE WEED MANAGEMENT AREA

Bird Vetch

       

Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca) Pea family

Perennial which reproduces by seed and vegetatively by underground rhizomes. Multiple, branching vine-like stems have small tendrils and alternate, pinnately-compound leaves with 8 to 10 leaflets. Bilaterally symmetrical purple flowers are arranged on a one-sided spike. Flowering occurs from spring to late fall. Seeds contained in inch-long, brown, lance-shaped pods.

Bird vetch aggressively climbs fencing, trees, bushes, and other vegetation, monopolizing sunlight, space, and moisture.

Uncommon in the Kenai Peninsula. Look for bird vetch in disturbed areas including roadsides, trails, and hay fields.

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Distribution

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District UAF Cooperative Extension Service Kenai Peninsula Borough Homer Soil and Water Conservation District National Resources Conservation Service