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Crownvetch - Coronilla varia
Family: Fabaceae

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Description

Crownvetch is a low-growing herb that when flowering (May to August), is easily recognized by the contrasting pink and yellow faboid-like flowers. A few traits that distinguish this species from other similar pea-like species include compound leaves with an odd number of leaflets, flowers and leaves that arise from the main stem, and flowers That are in the form of an umbel.

Interesting facts

Crown-vetch, which is origionally from Eurasia and Africa has been introduced around the US for erosion control since around 1950. But, while many pea-species provide great fodder for domestic animals, this species can be toxic. It has large amounts of nitroglycerides, which when consumed in significant proportions will cause slow growth, paralysis, or death (SEEPPC)


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For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers

 

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