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.

Cow Vetch (Blue Vetch, Tufted Vetch, Bird Vetch) (Vicia cracca): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 6, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Two vetches seem to be very common in Southeastern, New Hampshire. The Crown Vetch (Securigera varia) which I profiled earlier and even more common is the Cow Vetch (which is known by many other names). It's official USDA Plant Database name is Bird Vetch. Cow Vetch is a vine that has pinnately compound leaves with 14-31 small leaflets. It has blue (or purple) flowers hanging down that grow on one side of the stem only. The stems are hairless. Similar Vetches: Crown Vetch (Securigera varia) has a pink flower growing in a clump and obvious hairs on the back of the leaf stalk. Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) has similar flowers to Cow Vetch except that parts of the flowers are both blue and whitish. Also, the stalks of Hairy Vetch have hairs.