April 03, 2008
bee on tufted vetch
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photo by Donald Kinney
Tufted Vetch seems to be more of a weed than a wildflower, but it's lavender color is pretty and the bees really love it. To tell you the truth, I really don't know the difference between a flower and a weed (help me out on this one folks). This plant grows profusely in large clumps -- I understand it's a member of the pea family -- with long tendrils that grab on to surrounding vegetation for support, often strangling their neighbors in the process. And yes, there have been a few occasions when I wanted to strangle my neighbors, but please don't call me a vetch...
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