Bitter-vetch - Lathyrus linifolius

Alt Name
Bitter Vetch

Short to medium erect, hairless plant with winged stems It has two to four pairs of leaflets. The leaves are linear to elliptical and ending in a point, not a tendril. The flowers are rich crimson-pink, turning bluish and then pale, 10 to 16 mm in long racemes. Pods reddish brown.

Photo ID?

Found around woodland edge and in damp grassland.

When to see it

May to October.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but not really common in Britain - it is quite rare in East Anglia.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 49 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map