This native legume is a perennial, climbing vine that can grow approximately 1 to 2 feet tall (long). Each plant has a single stem with tendrils that help secure it to structures and stalks of purple flowers. American Vetch spreads through rhizomes and reseeds well. Extremely drought tolerant and excellent for sunny and partially shady locations. Use as part of a wildlife seed mix along with native grasses and wildflowers. Often used as an early spring cover crop along with tall grasses such as rye and great for soil improvement and soil stabilizer. Excellent as a grazing and fodder and used as forage for native pollinators Use as a native alternative for crown vetch for landscaping. Direct sow in the fall. Scarification will decrease germination time. Inoculating seed with the proper correct Rhizobium strain of bacteria aids in nitrogen fixation.
Seeding rate: For cover crop: 15-20 lbs vetch / 50lbs rye or 10 lbs./acre