Wednesday, June 16, 2010
So fetching this vetch for ABC Wednesday
But now I learn two facts: that it is not really a "vetch" but a legume and not really a good choice for ground cover or erosion control. It may be fetching to some but it is a pest to many. Originally from the countries bordering the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia, it is considered an invasive plant that will exclude native plants. Indiana to the south of us actively discourages its use as do Wisconsin and Minnesota. The City of Ann Arbor is trying to eradicate it. It does climb over everything in its path. Here it is climbing up the Russian Olive also considered an invasive species. I am surrounded! But maybe I am an invader, too? Thoughts to ponder at night in the country as we try to get the right balance in our world.