One Pound Crown Vetch Seeds
Approximately 150,000 Seeds
Coverage 20 pounds per acre
1/4 lb covers 544 sq ft.
1/2 lb 1,089 sq ft.
1 lb covers 2,178 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 10,890 sq ft.
Thick, 1 1/2 ft. high, loaded with flowers late spring to frost. Ends soil erosion and crowds out weeds. Ideal for sunny, hard-to-mow slopes
Also Great for Wildlife food plots!
Botanical Name: Coronilla Varia 'Penngift'
Height: 18 inches.
Spacing: 24 - 36 inches.
Depth: Plant with crown at soil level.
Spread: 36 - 48 inches.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade.
Color: Pinkish-white blossoms.
Foliage: Green compound foliage.
Blooms: Late Spring to frost.
Form: Herbaceous perennial, spreading.
Flower Form: Pinkish-white blossoms from late Spring to frost.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil. Adaptable to a wide range of soil types.
Growth Rate: Slow growth in first season, fast thereafter.
Comments: Prevents soil erosion, crowds out weeds. Immune to drought once established, insects, and disease. Do not plant in a confined area. Very reliable grower once establishd.
Crown Vetch is used in food plots as it makes excellent cover for quail and good grazing forage for deer. In fact deer love to graze on crown vetch which has crude protein and fiber content similar to other forage legumes. The mounded type growth pattern provides good ground cover for ground nesting birds, rabbits and other small mammals as well as providing forage for deer and elk. Deer are known to paw away a winter snow layer in order to get to the crown vetch to feed. Crown Vetch will shed seeds through the summer for quail and other game birds. Crown Vetch makes an excellent food plot for Deer, Quail, Dove, Turkey, Pheasant, and Rabbit..
Crown Vetch Facts and Uses
Crown Vetch is a perennial, herbaceous legume although the name implies that it is a vetch. It is slow to establish and thus is usually planted with buckwheat, creeping red fescue or annual ryegrass as companion crops to provide initial cover. When Crown Vetch establishes it will spread quickly from it's prolific rhizomes. Well adapted to most soils in the U.S., but not adapted to the Deep South, it will provide a permanent ground cover with good erosion control. As an erosion control plant, Crown vetch is well suited for hillside or slope erosion plantings in areas where mowing is difficult or impossible. Crown vetch provides an excellent, almost maintenance-free, ground cover for soil stabilization and slope beautification. Read more about crown vetch use as erosion control plants.
This creeping plant with semi-vine growth habit has nitrogen fixing capabilities for poor soils. Produces a ground cover that can grow to a height of 18-24 inches and appears to look a little like clover. It is very competitive and will crowd out most weeds. It has an extensive root system making it fairly drought tolerant and hard to eliminate from fields etc. It is also used for wildlife foraging (Deer, etc.).
Crown Vetch produces attractive flowers during the seasonal blooming period. It blooms in various colors of white-pink to purple-pink color. Crown Vetch is primarily used in North Eastern areas of the USA states.
Crown Vetch Is An Invasive Plant Species
Due to it's aggressive and creeping type of growth, crown vetch is considered to be an invasive plant. Crown Vetch has rhizomes that can grow up to ten feet long from a single plant within one year. One crown vetch plant can cover an area of 75 to 100 feet within 3 to 4 years. Crown vetch can be a serious management threat to natural areas due to rapid vegetative spreading by creeping roots. Crown Vetch can be considered non-invasive if properly maintained by mowing, tilling or the use of herbicides to control growth areas. Flowers will appear from May to August and produce seeds that can remain dormant and viable for over fifteen years.