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Unknown Bean

Posted by spharo00 Zone 7 (My Page) on
Sat, May 3, 14 at 19:44

Hello everyone,

I was cleaning up my overgrown rose bed and noticed that this "weed" I've been pulling up has little pods on it, similar to a green bean. Some of the pods are green and others are black and dry (maybe those are dead or diseased, I don't know). These vines have been there all spring, just climbing up the roses and no matter how many I pull up they keep coming back. Now that I see they have pods on them I am curious about what they are and if they are edible. I just moved into my house a few months ago so they may have been planted by the previous owner or they may be wild. It seems strange that they would plant beans in a rose garden though. Does anyone recognize this plant? I would appreciate any input!

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RE: Unknown Bean

Maybe a vetch. If so, it would have had a light purpleish flower. It's good for the soil.

RE: Unknown Bean

That is Vetch. I would consider it a weed if located amongst your roses. It is useful in a food plot for wildlife. I've never tried eating it.

RE: Unknown Bean

From the paired pods and the leaves I'd guess Bush Vetch, Vicia sepium.

Here is a link that might be useful: Vicia sepium

RE: Unknown Bean

Thank you all so much! I really appreciate your input on my unknown plant. It does have light purple/pink flowers so I'm going with Vetch. Thanks again!

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