Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia) (Synonym: Coronilla varia): Images

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June 1, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Crown Vetch is a vine with alternate pinnately-compound leaves with 15 - 25 leaflets that are 1/2 - 3/4 inches long. There are obvious hairs on the back of the stem. It flowers in June as a cluster of pink winged flowers forming a crown. The stems of the flower (inner part of the cluster) are green with red streaks. Another common vetch is profiled, Cow Vetch. Notice that the Crown Vetch has wider leaflets with a much less prominent leaflet mid-vein as compared to the Cow Vetch. Also, the Cow Vetch has a hairless stem.
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August 28, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire