A non-native, introduced plant, and member of the pea family, Crown Vetch can be found in almost every state in America.
A native to Africa, crown vetch occurs in meadows, grasslands, savannas, and disturbed areas.
Although its seeds and foliage may be poisonous to nonruminants, elk, deer, most classes of livestock, and rabbits feed on crownvetch. Crownvetch is considered high quality livestock, deer, and elk forage, and in the winter, these large mammals paw through the snow to feed on crownvetch. Ground-nesting birds, meadow voles, and rabbits utilize crownvetch as cover
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.