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Vicia americana ssp. americana

Vicia americana Muhl. ex Willd. ssp. americana

American Vetch

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Vicia americana ssp. oregana, Vicia americana var. americana, Vicia americana var. oregana, Vicia americana var. truncata, Vicia americana var. villosa, Vicia californica, Vicia californica var. madrensis, Vicia oregana, Vicia sparsifolia var. truncata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Stems sprawling or erect, up to about 3 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: 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 , UT , VA , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: PE

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Vicia americana ssp. americana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vicia americana ssp. americana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vicia americana ssp. americana


Record Modified: 2023-01-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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