Bush Vetch - Vicia sepium


Medium to tall, usually hairy, clambering plant. Leaflets, 3 to 9 pairs, oval to oblong, stipules with a dark spot near to the base. Flowers pink/purple, 12 to 15 mm, in clusters of 2 to 6 with a very short stalk. The lower petals are usually a darker shade of pink than the upper flag petals.

Photo ID?

Woodland edges, grassy places, scrub, hedgerows and roadsides.

When to see it

May to November.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly common in most of Britain except some eastern areas.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 374 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map