Jul. 25, 2018

crown vetch, Securigera varia

Pennsylvania's wildflower is the wonderful mountain laurel, but we've already seen that. So we fall back on their state beautification and conservation plant. A conservation plant that's alien? Well it's not all bad. These inch-across crowns are pretty. This is the more common color. They can be all pink or all white. It is great for stabilizing soil after construction, and is often planted after roadwork. Unfortunately, it is also persistent and somewhat invasive. So one wonders if the plant enthusiasts behind this designation were selling seeds. Crown vetch is now found in every state and province except AK, ND, LB, NT, NU, and YK. Lenawee Co MI, 6/9/11.