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.

    Identification difficulty

    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