Search

[?]

Open the Advanced Search

Narrow-leaved Vetch

Vicia sativa nigra

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
For more information please download the BSBI Code of Conduct PDF document.

Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
75 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, rocks, sand dunes, sea cliffs, seaside, wasteland.

Flower:
֍
Purple, 5 petals
 
Pinkish-purple, pea-like flowers that are dark veined in their centres. Similar to Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) of which Narrow-leaved Vetch is a subspecies of. However, Narrow-leaved Vetch petals are uniformly coloured.
Fruit:
Brownish-yellow, downy pea-like pods, between 2.2cm and 4cm long. The pods are smaller than those of Common Vetch.
Leaves:
The leaves are pinnately divided into 3 to 8 pairs of opposite leaflets. The ends of the leaves have branched tendrils. The tips of the leaflets have a notch in them, but the leaflets of the lower leaves have a stipule instead. Narrow-leaved Vetch has narrower leaves than Common Vetch. The stems are often angular and grooved.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

Click to open an Interactive Map