Belongs to: pea family

Common vetch Vicia sativa

Best time to see: May to Sep

Key facts

A common annual of rough grassland with single red-pink pea-flowers opening pale-purple and fading to violet

Climbs by means of branched tendrils at the end of ladder-like leaves

Cultivated for food grain and forage in some parts of the world

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