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Bush Vetch

Vicia sepium

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Short stalked spikes comprised of 2-6 small lilac-coloured pea-like flowers.
Fruit:
Hairless, stalked, pea-like pods, up to 3.5cm. Black when ripe.
Leaves:
Compound leaves, 5 to 8 pairs of leaflets. Tendrils present.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The seeds can be cooked and eaten.
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:
Hedge Vetch.
Habitats:
Grassland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.