Hairy Vetch

hairy vetch2.jpgBiological information:

  • Common name: Hairy Vetch
  • Scientific name:Vicia Villosa
  • Family or class: Fabaceae

Symptoms and/or signs to watch out for:

  • small slender green shoots that spiral and cling to other plants

Life cycle:

  • Perennial
  • establishes in fall
  • grows through winter and spring
  • flowers late summer through early fall

Mode of reproduction:

  • taproot or rhizome
  • Seed pods

Vectors for the pest:

  • Aphids
  • Armyworms
  • Cutworms
  • Weevil
  • Slugs
  • vetch bruchid

Overwintering habit:

  • roots develop over winter for fast growth in spring

Horticultural production information:

Preventative strategies:

  • Don’t plant it
  • Proper mowing before flowering

Threshold levels:

  • Very hardy

Control options:

Physical controls:

  • Mowing
  • ground cover (plastic)

Biological controls:

Chemical controls:

  • Any common herbicides


Historical notes from Farm to YoU NH:

Date/circumstances observed (Pictures)

Control method used, efficacy of control method

  • manual removal (broadfork, by hand)
  • works effectively on small scale

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