Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Crown-vetch - Securigera varia   (L.) Lassen
Members of Fabaceae:
Only member of Securigera in NC.
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Author(L.) Lassen
DistributionMostly Mountains and upper Piedmont; scarce in the lower Piedmont.

Native of Europe; in N.A. essentially throughout the Lower 48 states and southern Canada, but mostly the Midwest and Northeast U.S.
AbundanceFrequent to common in the Mountains and upper Piedmont; rare eastward.
HabitatRoadsides and banks, Blue Ridge Parkway edges, parking lot margins, vacant lots, powerlines, disturbed soil.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-September.
IdentificationCrown-vetch is a sprawling, multi-stemmed plant with globular tufts of handsome pink and white flowers. The leaves are divided into 5-8 pairs of small, opposite leaflets. It can be considered as an invasive plant in much of the mountains, competing with native species that grow along wooded borders and roadbanks.
Taxonomic CommentsLong known as Coronilla varia.

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Global RankGNR
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B.A. SorrieRoadside, Berea, KY, May 2018. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
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