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hairy vetch

a plant, Vicia villosa, of the legume family, native to Eurasia, having hairy stems and violet and white flowers, widely grown as forage and as a cover crop.
Also called winter vetch.
Origin of hairy vetch
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • hairy vetch mulch provides a thick residue that releases nutrients and suppresses growth of weeds.
  • All treatments will be planted with a mixture of rye and hairy vetch the previous summer or fall.
  • Crimson clover establishes earlier than hairy vetch in the fall, so suppresses weeds better.
  • Winter peas, hairy vetch, and red clover are examples of legumes that make excellent green manure crops.

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