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niching

Amateur gardener, future self-sustaining urban homesteader. Traveler. Photographer. www.DominiqueThieu.com. SoCal Zone10b

Vicia sativa syn. Vicia bacla ; Vicia communis ; Vicia glabra ; Vicia nemoralis

  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2020
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niching

Just out of curiosity... has anyone eaten this #commonvetch ? It’s supposed to be an evasive vine from what I read so far. I picked a cutting from a walk at the college nearby because the flower was pretty. I didn’t know what it was then... but it has a nice color. I’m growing in a corner and in a pot to contain it as much as possible. But if it’s edible, then I can control by harvesting it. Thoughts? Thanks. 😊

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lesliecole49

You can eat the leaves but the seeds are iffy. If you want to eat them, you need to collect them young and boil them st least 3 times, throwing away the cooking water each time. Not really worth the effort in my book

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cyndi

https://www.sarcraft.com/news/2018/4/25/wildediblewednesday-425-common-vetch

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eroberts.teach

I found some of this on my walk last fall too. I loved the flowers. It was growing all over a rock wall. May be I don't want to plant the seeds now. But in my area the deer are terrible and they weren't touching this stuff.

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niching

Thanks @lesliecole49 & @cyndi for the great info. @eroberts.teach check out Cyndi’s link. Interesting that deers don’t like them but horses do. Regardless, I agree w/you that the flowers are pretty. That’s why I picked a cutting and experimented. These plants are volunteers so I agree w/ some online sites that these may be invasive. There’s a Chinese peas leaves stir fry that I love. It’s only sold at end of season for $14. I’m gonna wait for enough leaves & see if it is comparable & cheaper. 😊

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cyndi

Welcome... its growing in my yard to not hard to just yanking up if it gets out of place.. it does help the soil too so not to much of a worry for me.. annoying sometimes but I dont really worry about it. Useful plant all around tho. Best wishes

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lesliecole49

Where did my comment go? 🤔

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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niching

#vetch friend or foe. I don’t know .. saw it at the school’s parking lot by the garden and took a cutting in late Feb. It was kinda weed like. But I liked the flower and here it is. #domsabode #niching

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cyndi

To me in the personal garden its a foe.. Its beautiful good for bees and butterflies but will take over like crazy...

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cyndi

If you have a space you can keep it in check it is lovely. Dont let the pods ripen except a few for seeds if you like... Lesson leaned..

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niching

Thanks @cyndi I have it in a pot now and will heed to your advice and watch the pods. I’m already cutting back my morning glories back almost daily. Don’t need another task. Lol.

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lesliecole49

@cyndi is right, it will overrun you if you're not careful! But when it's flowering, it can be quite pretty

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cyndi

Best wishes

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