Vicia cracca | Tufted Vetch | Peasair na luch
Hedges and waste places
Living collection in the National Botanic Garden.
Legume forage crop
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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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