Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Vicia cracca L. - Tufted Vetch
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Vicia cracca
© Paul Hackney
Vicia cracca
© Paul Hackney
Vicia cracca
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Tufted vetch is one of the commonest flowers of hedgerows, heaths, scrub and coarse grass. It is a scrambling perennial plant with the usual vetch-like pinnate leaf, tendrils, and one-side spikes of bright purple-blue pea-flowers. The fruit is a small peapod containing between four and eight seeds.

This and V. sepium are the two commonest vetches of roadside hedges.

All names: Vicia cracca L.