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.

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    Leaflets with blunt tips, and wider towards the base.  Calyx teeth unequal, the lower ones longer than the upper, but shorter than the tube


    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.

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