Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Vicia sepium L. - Bush Vetch
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Vicia sepium
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Vicia sepium
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Vicia sepium
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(Map updated: March 2008)

A very common, vigorous, climbing vetch of hedges, scrub, thickets etc., with pale purplish-blue pea flowers and a blackish peapod containing between six and ten brown seeds. The leaf is typically vetch-like: pinnate with terminal branched tendrils. This and V. cracca are the commonest vetches of roadside hedges.

All names: Vicia sepium L.