Hairy Vetch (Organic)


Vicia villosa

Minimum: 100+ seeds

Introducing Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa), a dynamic cover crop renowned for its nitrogen-fixing capabilities, soil-building properties, and myriad benefits for gardeners and farmers alike. With its vigorous growth, attractive purple flowers, and ability to enhance soil fertility, Hairy Vetch is a valuable addition to any sustainable gardening or farming system. Whether used as a green manure, erosion control, or pollinator habitat, Hairy Vetch offers a natural solution for improving soil health, increasing crop yields, and promoting ecological resilience.

Key Features:

  1. Nitrogen Fixation: Hairy Vetch is a leguminous cover crop that forms symbiotic relationships with nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the soil, enabling it to capture atmospheric nitrogen and convert it into a form that is readily available to plants. By harnessing the power of nitrogen fixation, Hairy Vetch enriches the soil with valuable nitrogen, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers and supporting the growth of subsequent crops.

  2. Soil Building: The extensive root system of Hairy Vetch helps improve soil structure by loosening compacted soil, enhancing water infiltration, and promoting microbial activity. As the plants grow, they add organic matter to the soil through their biomass, enriching the soil with essential nutrients and enhancing its capacity to retain moisture and support healthy plant growth.

  3. Erosion Control: Hairy Vetch forms a dense mat of foliage that helps protect the soil from erosion caused by wind and water. By covering the soil surface and stabilizing slopes, Hairy Vetch acts as a natural erosion control measure, preventing soil loss, preserving topsoil integrity, and promoting soil conservation in agricultural and horticultural settings.

  4. Pollinator Habitat: The vibrant purple flowers of Hairy Vetch attract a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. By providing habitat and forage for these essential pollinators, Hairy Vetch supports biodiversity, promotes ecosystem resilience, and enhances the productivity of nearby crops through improved pollination services.

  5. Versatile Use: Hairy Vetch can be grown as a standalone cover crop, interplanted with cash crops, or used in crop rotations to improve soil health and fertility. Whether sown in vegetable gardens, orchards, vineyards, or field margins, Hairy Vetch offers flexibility and adaptability to diverse agricultural and horticultural systems, making it a valuable asset for sustainable land management.


  • Botanical Name: Vicia villosa
  • Plant Type: Annual legume
  • Height: 2-3 feet
  • Spread: 1-2 feet
  • Growth Habit: Trailing or climbing
  • Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, fertile soil
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9 (depending on variety)


  • Nitrogen Fixation: Hairy Vetch enriches the soil with nitrogen through its symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers and enhancing soil fertility.

  • Soil Building: Hairy Vetch improves soil structure, enhances water retention, and increases organic matter content, leading to healthier, more resilient soils that support robust plant growth and productivity.

  • Erosion Control: Hairy Vetch forms a protective ground cover that helps prevent soil erosion, stabilize slopes, and reduce runoff, preserving topsoil integrity and minimizing environmental degradation.

  • Pollinator Support: The vibrant flowers of Hairy Vetch attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, providing essential habitat and forage for these beneficial insects and promoting biodiversity in the garden and surrounding landscape.

Enhance Soil Health and Boost Garden Productivity with Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa):

Discover the transformative benefits of Hairy Vetch in your garden, farm, or landscape. Whether you're seeking to improve soil fertility, prevent erosion, or support pollinator populations, Hairy Vetch offers a natural and sustainable solution for enhancing soil health, increasing crop yields, and fostering ecological resilience. Embrace the versatility and vitality of Hairy Vetch and reap the rewards of a thriving and vibrant ecosystem for years to come.