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Crown Vetch

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Use this publication to learn how to identify and control Crown vetch.

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Crown Vetch

When you drive through Missouri in the summer, you’re almost guaranteed to see the pink flower clusters of crown vetch, whose masses of green foliage coat the right-of-ways along highways. This weedy plant stabilizes the dirt after road construction but degrades our natural ecosystems.

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Crown Vetch

Securigera varia (formerly Coronilla varia)
When you drive through Missouri in the summer, you’re almost guaranteed to see the pink flower clusters of crown vetch, whose masses of green foliage coat the right-of-ways along highways. This weedy plant stabilizes the dirt after road construction but degrades our natural ecosystems.

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Crown Vetch

Crown vetch prefers open, sunny areas. It occurs along roadsides and other rights-of-way, in open fields, and on gravel bars along streams. It is found most easily when it is blooming, when its profuse pinkish blossoms are conspicuous.

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Crown Vetch (Flowers)

Crown vetch blooms May through August. Its flowers are pinkish to white and are in crown-shaped clusters. Each individual flower is shaped like a typical pea flower.

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Crown Vetch Control

Learn to identify and control this invasive plant in Missouri.

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Curled Pondweed (Curly Pondweed; Beginners’ Pondweed)

Curled pondweed (Potamogeton crispus), an introduced weed, has long, narrow, stemless leaves that have wavy, serrated margins.

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Curled Pondweed (Curly Pondweed; Beginners’ Pondweed)

Curled pondweed (Potamogeton crispus) was introduced from Eurasia and is considered a noxious, invasive weed in many parts of North America.

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This booklet shows you how to identify and control bush honeysuckles, and then use Missouri native shrubs to provide high-quality habitat.

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Cut-Leaved Teasel

Currently, invasive teasels in our state occur mainly along highways, but these aggressive weeds can outcompete native plants, especially in prairies and savannas. Their spines protect them from being eaten by most herbivores, so it’s up to humans to check their spread.

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