Vicia americana

American Vetch

Decumbent or upright when small. Stems tangled or sprawling, sometimes climbing, to 3 ft. long. Leaves pinnately divided, long curling tendril possibly branched at end of petiole. Leaflets 8–18, widely oval, with small spine at tip. Flowers 3–9 in widely spaced spikes, blue, blue-lavender, or purple. Grows in forests, meadows, at low to high elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: Vines to 40 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: Siskiyous, East Gorge, West Gorge, Wallowas, Crater Lake Np, Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, N Cascades Np, Steens
  • Native: Yes