Scientific nameVicia lutea is a plant species of the genus Vicia. It is native to Europe, western Asia, and North Africa, and is an introduced species on other continents. It is an annual herb. It has leaves made up of several pairs of oblong or linear leaflets each 1 to 2 centimeters long. It produces solitary flowers or clusters of up to 3 flowers with yellow or purple-tinged corollas up to 3 centimeters in length. As part of the pea family, it fixes Nitrogen which shifts the soil to favouring weed species over Fynbos, so it is a priority for removal in Fynbos patches.
Remove manually, if abundant while establishing the bed, till deeply. Cover the soil with mulch, shading or smothering plants.
This species is a difficult weed in our Fynbos patches. Can you help us remove it? See our activity calendar for upcoming activities, or arrange with us visit our Fynbos patches and do the weeding in your own time.
This species was selected because it is a difficult alien invasive weed in our Fynbos patch(es).