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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Vicia caroliniana

Carolina Vetch, Pale Vetch, Wood Vetch, Carolina Wood-vetch

Scientific Name:

Vicia caroliniana

Genus:

Vicia

Species Epithet:

caroliniana

Common Name:

Carolina Vetch, Pale Vetch, Wood Vetch, Carolina Wood-vetch

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Forests, woodlands, and disturbed areas. Common throughout the mountains; frequent to common in the Piedmont (where slightly less numerous than in the mountains); uncommon in the northern parts of the Coastal Plain, except probably absent near the coast.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Federal Status:

(*Key)

Long racemes of soft pink to whitish flowers

Black Rock Mountain State Park, Rabun County, GA

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of flowers blooming in mid-April

Macon County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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