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Vicia sativa

Common vetch

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Features

  • BloomsMay to September
  • Height0.15m to 1.2m
  • Growth HabitScrambling or scandent
  • Flower ColourPurplish magenta
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Vicia sativa (Common vetch). This is a scrambling annual, with leaves composed of several pairs of narrow leaflets and terminating in tendrils. The flowers are mauve to purple and are about 35mm long. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Annual, Climber

Other common names

Tare, Spring vetch, Vetch

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Fertile, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are easily grown in ordinary garden soil. They will self-seed freely and can become a nuisance.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds, or perennial species by division in the autumn.

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