Yellow-vetch - Vicia lutea

Alternative names
Yellow Vetch

A low prostrate tufted plant, often densely hairy though not always so. Tendrils branched or unbranched. Leaflets 3 to 10 pairs linear to oblong. Flowers pale yellow, even whitish tinged with purple 20 to 35 mm solitary or 2 or 3 together. Seed pod usually hairy.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Annual plant.  Calyx-teeth unequal, with the lower ones longer than upper, and longer than the tube.

Recording advice

Records need to be confirmed by the County Recorder, from a specimen or series of photos showing key characteristics


Rough grassy habitats near or along the coast, stabilised shingle, sand dunes, cliff tops etc.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Quite rare nationally, most records coming from the south coast of England.

VC55 Status

Rare in our area - only one previous record (1980) from Leicestershire and Rutland. Not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map