Hello everyone and welcome back to our wildflower series! For today’s wildflower we continue with another member of the pea family, the “tufted vetch”, also called the “cow vetch”. It is not a native wildflower but comes from Europe and Asia, though it is now well established and can be found across Canada and the upper half of the US, plus extending down into California on the west and from N. Carolina down to Alabama on the east. The flowers are about 1/2 inch (12mm) long and are in a tight cluster at the top of the plant. The plant can grow from 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90cm) tall, and it can become weedy in places, though it doesn’t seem to spread much around here. It will grow in sunny spots or partially shaded areas and grows mainly along roads and waste places, plus can be found in fields as well. It blooms from June to August and it’s deep color is quite a pretty addition to the landscape, plus bees and butterflies seem to really enjoy it. I hope you have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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