Friday, June 17, 2011

Hairy Vetch

Such an ugly name for such a pretty wildflower. Hairy Vetch is a non-native wildflower that likes prairie type conditions. It is a member of the pea family, a family blooming all over, including gardens, during June.

The plant's stems are quite hairy and peas bind (vetch) nitrogen to soil, providing a natural fertilizer in soil enhancement; thus the ugly name for such a beautiful flower.

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