Identifying a weed I actually want to keep

tripleione(6b)April 30, 2013

These little "weeds" are growing all around my yard. I don't recognize the foliage, but it grows kind of like a pea plant. It has little vines on the end that wrap around other plants and fencing to climb.

I would like to know what this plant is because the bees here seem to absolutely adore it. They always try to get pollen from the little purple flowers on this plant before any of the other flowers in the back yard (the front yard is a whole different story).

The plant itself is very easy to pull up from any place I don't want it to grow, so it is very manageable.

Thanks for any help!

This post was edited by tripleione on Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 14:12

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tripleione(6b)

I think this a picture of the leaves

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 2:10PM
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tripleione(6b)

This is a bunch of it that was kind of climbing up my gutter.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 2:11PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Looks like some type of vetch (Vicia sp.). Don't know where you are, but maybe spring vetch (V. lathyroides)?
hortster

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 3:24PM
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tripleione(6b)

I'm in the mountains of North Carolina

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 3:32PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

The USDA plants database shows that species present in NC. You might google and compare.
hortster

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 5:01PM
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CaraRose

I don't think it's spring vetch. The flowers are similar but spring vetch (at least the one I have in my yard) doesn't vine. This reminds me of scurfy pea... not sure if that's native in NC.

Here is a link that might be useful: scurfy pea

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 5:22PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I don't think it's that much more attractive pea plant. Whatever it is, it grows in our yard too. If left alone, it will make really hard seed pods that sound like tiny gravel when a patch of this is mowed. All you have to do to have more is nothing, let it make seeds.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 12:10PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Looks like Vicia sativa, Common Vetch.

Here is a link that might be useful: Vicia sativa

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 1:26PM
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tripleione(6b)

I think you are right, flora. Thanks for all the responses, everyone.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 12:15PM
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