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Hairy Vetch Seeds (Certified Organic)

A great organic cover crop that produces tiny purple flowers! Pollinators love them!

Availability: In stock

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Sow spring to late summer with or without grain, grass, or field peas. When sown in late summer, spring regrowth is vigorous and nitrogen-producing for tilling in before planting the spring garden crops. It will do well in soils too acidic for many clovers and alfalfas. May have some allelopathic properties, so it is best to allow 2-3 weeks between incorporating and seeding of small-seeded crops. This selected hardy strain is widely adapted and withstands all but severe winters if sown in late summer or fall.

Michigan Seeds and Plants grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Vicia villosa
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 21 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 40 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds Just Cover; barely cover with soil
When to Sow Early Winter, Late Winter, Early Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Late Fall
Growing Height 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Plant Spacing 6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Danger N/A
Bloom Color Purple, Violet/Lavender
Bloom Time Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid-Spring, Mid-Summer
Other Details Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 50