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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Vicia americana Muhl. ex Willd.
USDA Symbol: VIAM
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A slender, climbing plant clinging to other vegetation or structures by slender, coiling tendrils at end of each leaf; loose racemes of 3-10 deep pinkish-purple to reddish-lavender pea flowers on stalks from leaf axils.
With showy flowers unusually large for the genus, this plant resembles many species of Lathyrus but is distinguished by the distribution of the hairs at the tip of the style. In Vicia the hairs usually surround the tip, resembling a shaving brush; in Lathyrus they are generally on the upperside, like a little hairbrush.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
AK , AZ , CA , CO , DC , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MD , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SD , TX , UT , VA , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: PE Native Distribution:
Throughout West; also in eastern Canada and northeastern United States. Native Habitat:
Open places in woods, road banks, and fencerows. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2010-03-17
Research By: TWC Staff