Taxonomy

Vicia cracca | Tufted Vetch | Peasair na luch

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Habitat

Hedges and waste places

Life cycle

Perennial

Ex-situ conservation

Living collection in the National Botanic Garden.

Use

Legume forage crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Tufted Vetch is widely used as a forage crop for cattle, and is beneficial to other plants because, like other leguminous plants, it enriches the soil in which it grows by its nitrogen-fixing properties. Tufted Vetch is also much appreciated by bees and butterflies as a source of nectar. The plant may also be used to curb erosion. Its utility as a cover crop and source of green manure has encouraged the introduction and naturalisation of Tufted Vetch far beyond its native range of Europe and Asia. The species is abundant in Ireland

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