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Hairy Tare

Vicia hirsuta

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Small pea-like, pale lilac and forming spikes on long stalks.
Fruit:
A flat, pea-like pod, up to 1cm long. Hairy and often densely hairy, hence the name of this plant.
Leaves:
Compound leaves with 12 to 16 linear leaflets and a forked tendril. Similar to Smooth Tare but Hairy Tare has a greater number of paired leaflets.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The seeds can be cooked and eaten in a similar way as lentils. The leaves and stems can be eaten, similarly as you would eat vegetables.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Hairy Vetch, Tare Vetch, Tiny Vetch.
Habitats:
Beaches, farmland, gardens, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, sand dunes, scrub, sea cliffs, seaside, wasteland, waterside, wetland, woodland.