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Vicia benghalensis
Synonyms: V. atropurpurea

Common Name(s): Purple vetch
Family: Fabaceae
Growth Habit: Annual/Perennial
Growing Days: 120 to 270 (days)
Abs.Max=86° (F)    Opt.Max=75° (F)
Opt.Min=64° (F)    Abs.Min=46° (F)
Precipitation: 28 to 65 (in.)
Winter Minimum: 30° (F)
Soil pH: 6.5 to 7
Soil Texture/Type: Heavy to medium
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day
Light Intensity: Bright to clear
Least winter hardy of all commonly grown vetches. Grown mainly in California.
Sclerotinia, Rhizoctonia, Powdery Mildew, Rust
Environ. - soil improver, Poison - mammals, Animal Food - fodder
Subtropical, steppe and semi-arid, temperate
Geographical Origin:
Macaronesia, Northern Africa, Southeastern Europe, Southwestern Europe
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