Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Vicia cracca L. image
Photographer: Richard Bauer           

Botancial Illustration

Botancial Illustration

Robert Bierman
Family Fabaceae
Vicia cracca L.
bird vetch, cow vetch
Vicia: the classical Latin name for this genus
cracca: Latin name applied by Rivinius to this plant, the Italian name Cracca and French name Vesce craque
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: climbing or trailing, perennial, up to 3' long forb
Flower: blue, 5-parted, 1/2" long, calyx base not swollen; inflorescence a crowded, long-stalked cluster (raceme) with 20-50 stalked flowers; blooms June-Aug.
Leaf:pinnately-divided into 5-11 pairs of linear leaflets, leaf tips with tendrils
Habitat: fields, roadsides, meadows

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