Vicia cracca


Cow Vetch, Madison Pasterchick

Common Name(s)  Cow vetch, Tufted vetch, Cat peas
Scientific Name Ammophila breviligulata
Family Fabaceae
Location/Vegetative Zone  Thicket
Flowering Period  May-July
Identifying Characteristics  Blue to blue-violet petals.


  • Often found in meadows roadsides, banks, and shores.
  • Originally an introduced species, and is now widely naturalized across the Eastern United States.
  • Grows to a height of 0.5-1 meters tall.

Cultural Uses

  • Erosion control
  • Nitrogen-fixing properties that help surrounding plants thrive


“Cow Vetch (Vicia cracca)”. Gardens With Wings. Web.

Rutherford- Fortunati, Alisa. “Weeds Worth Growing”. Gentle World. 28 May 2012. Web.

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