Authentic Wisconsin.  American Vetch - Vicia americana


American Vetch in UW Arboretum's Greene Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin on June 1, 2021.


Above: "American Vetch in UW Arboretum's Greene Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin (6/01/21).


American Vetch - Vicia americana  

American Vetch is a native climbing perennial plant that likes moist woods and meadows.

Individual flowers are in the typical shape of the pea family (slightly elongated, 1/2" to 1 1/4" long). Flower color ranges from pink to purple to blue and are arranges 2 to 9 flowers in loose clusters above the leaf axils in the upper part of the stem.

Leaves are pinnately-divided into 4-8 pairs of elliptical leaflets with a tendril at the end of the leaf that winds around other plants for support.

Blooms June - August.

Other names: Purple Vetch.

American Vetch leaves in UW Arboretum's Greene Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin on June 1, 2021.


Above: American Vetch leaves (6/01/21).


For more information on the American Vetch, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about American Vetch - Vicia American.


American Vetch in UW Arboretum's Greene Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin on June 1, 2021.
American Vetch in UW Arboretum's Greene Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin on June 1, 2021.
American Vetch in UW Arboretum's Greene Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin on June 1, 2021.

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American Vetch
Vicia americana


American Vetch in UW Arboretum's Greene Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin on June 1, 2021.


Above: American Vetch in UW Arboretum's Greene Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin (6/01/21).


American Vetch (Vicia americana) specimen collected on Burnett, Wisconsin on June 10, 2014.


Above: American Vetch (Vicia americana) specimen collected on Burnett, Wisconsin 1 km N. of bridge over St. Croix River. (6/10/2014).


American Vetch (Vicia americana) botanical illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott circa 1917/1918.


Above: American Vetch (Vicia americana) botanical illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott circa 1917/1918.


American Vetch (Vicia americana) botanical illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott circa 1922.


Above: American Vetch (Vicia americana) botanical illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott circa 1922.


American Vetch.

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