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Hairy Vetch in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Vicia villosa

 

Hairy Vetch

Vicia are annuals, herbaceous perennials or climbers. The leaves can be simple, or divided into small leaflets, often ending in a tendril. Vicia villosa - 'Hairy Vetch' - is native to some of Europe and western Asia. It is an annual or biannual viny legume, having a woolly appearance due to long soft hairs on the stems and leaves. It stays green longer than Common Vetch. Hairy vetch fruits are elongated, finely haired, fawn coloured pods containing 4-8 globular blackish-brown seeds.This plant can be used as a green manure, or as fodder.

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plant Features
  • Hairy Vetch likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Hairy Vetch likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Hairy Vetch is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Hairy Vetch likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Hairy Vetch

Latin name

Vicia villosa

type

Herbaceous Perennials or annuals

family

Fabaceae

ph

5.5 - 8.2 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Hairy Vetch likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Hairy Vetch is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Hairy Vetch likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Hairy Vetch likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Hairy Vetch is 0.15meters x 0.70meters 0.15 M 0.70 M

Vicia villosa

Vicia are annuals, herbaceous perennials or climbers. The leaves can be simple, or divided into small leaflets, often ending in a tendril. Vicia villosa - 'Hairy Vetch' - is native to some of Europe and western Asia. It is an annual or biannual viny legume, having a woolly appearance due to long soft hairs on the stems and leaves. It stays green longer than Common Vetch. Hairy vetch fruits are elongated, finely haired, fawn coloured pods containing 4-8 globular blackish-brown seeds.This plant can be used as a green manure, or as fodder.


Flowering

From Late Spring TO Early Autumn

Pea-like flowers appear in late Spring right through to early Autumn

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Grow in moist soil, preferably in full sun. The seed should be sown in situ, as this plant does not transplant well

 

Propagating by seed

From Late Winter TO Early Summer

Sow seed in situ. The seed is hard-coated, and so, to aid germination, soak the seed in warm water for 24 hours before sowing. The soil should be moist but free-draining. Can be sown from late Winter to early Summer, and again in Autumn

 
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