Common Vetch - Vicia sativa subsp. segetalis


Medium to tall clambering, hairy plant. Tendrils are sometimes unbranched. Stipules toothed, with a dark spot near the base. Flowers pink to dark reddish purple, with paler wings 18 to 30 mm long, solitary or two together. Sub-species nigra has flowers that are uniformly coloured.

Similar Species

Bush Vetch has more purplish flowers which turn blue as they age.

Photo ID?

Grassy habitats, meadows, roadside verges.

When to see it

April to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 458 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map