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cow vetch Vicia cracca
also known as tufted vetch, is a native of Europe. It is found
throughout Illinois. This plant may attain a height of two to three feet.
The compound leaves have eight to 12 pairs of narrow, oval leaflets. The
stem and leaves are "hairy." Flowers are produced from May through
August. The small violet-blue flowers are clustered on one-sided spikes.
Cow vetch grows in thickets, fields and roadsides. This plant may escape
cultivation and spread in the wild, taking habitat from native plants.
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