Fodder Vetch, Ham Hill, Somerset
Opening, open and faded flowers
Close-up of open and fading flower
Flowers, leaves and tendrils
Upper side of leaflets with points
Hairy undersides of leaflets, coiled tendrils
Ridged hairy stem
Hairy Vetch, Winter Vetch
June to August
It is thinly scattered throughout the country, but is more common
in the Southeast around London.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, which has been grown in England since the
1810s and appeared in the wild soon after.
It is a casual found on grassy banks, waste tips and waste
ground, and in arable fields.
It has become established long-term in some places.
It still escapes from contaminated grain, bird-seed, wild flower
mixtures, and wool shoddy.
Fodder Vetch is an annual or biennial, nitrogen-fixing, scrambling
and climbing herb, growing up to 2m.
Up to 20 flowers are on extended stems.
Individual flowers are up to 2cm and various shades of purple
and blue. They turn blue on fading.
Pods are flattened and up to 4cm.
Leaves have 4-12 leaflets.
Leaflets are narrow ovals, softly hairy underneath and with a
Tendrils are branched.
Stems are ridged and hairy.
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