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Common Vetch

Vicia sativa

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Purple, 5 petals
 
Pink pea-like flowers, solitary or in pairs.
Fruit:
Glabrous, dark brown or near black, pea-like pods, up to 7cm long.
Leaves:
The compound leaves have 3 to 8 pairs of leaflets. The upper leaves a slightly more narrow and tendrils are forked.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Foraging Notes:
The seeds can be cooked and eaten and are very nutritious. The young leaves and shoots are edible, cooked. A tea can be made out of the leaves.
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.
Aroma:
Faintly aromatic.
Other Names:
Black Pod Vetch, Garden Vetch, Narrow-leaf Vetch, Narrow-leaved Vetch, Slender-leaved Vetch, Spring Vetch, Subterranean Vetch, Tare, Vetch, Winter Tares.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, sand dunes, seaside, wasteland, wetland, woodland.