Picture of the Day 05.29.2012
Came across this during my walk yesterday on Broadway. Along the sidewalks in parts of Providence, the city had decided on planting trees as part of the “Return to Green” program some years ago. In front of one of the houses that is rather large and well known for its prolific gardens, in around the roots of the tree they had planted these vines that had finally come to flower.
Called Crown Vetch (Securigera varia (L.)) this is a fairly common plant in the metro Providence area that some folk have been using as ground cover for semi-unsightly patches of barren ground. One of the side effects of this is that, like Kudzu in the south — it’s an excellent plant for erosion control as it requires little maintenance after it’s been planted. As you can see, it’s taken over the patch and doesn’t wander out onto the concrete too much.