Vicia sativa

Common Vetch

Stems sprawling. Leaves divided pinnately, main vein ending in tendril. Leaflets 8–16, oval to linear, 1/2–1 in. long, with pointed or notched tip often with 1 tooth. Flowers usually paired in leaf axils without stalk, pink-purple or whitish. Seedpods 1–2 in. long, hairy when young, soon becoming hairless. Grows in disturbed soils, fields, at low to mid elevations. Formerly used in hay fields and as a cover crop.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: Vine 1--2 feet
  • Habitat: Meadow, Disturbed
  • Found In: West Gorge, N Cascades Np
  • Native: No