VICIA sepium

Bush Vetch



Height: 6-14" (15-35 cm)
Flowering Time: Spring, summer, autumn
Flower Colour: Purple

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder)
Order: Fabales (Bean Order)
Family: Papilionaceae (Pea Family)
Genus: Vicia (vetch)
Species: sepium (of hedges)
Vicia sepium

Vicia sepium is a common plant of grassy hedges and edges, and often occurs in gardens. It forms dense clumps, usually around 8" or so high, spreading easily by runners, clambering over other plants and obstacles in its path. It has tough pinnate leaves ending in a thin tendril, and clusters of purple flowers which fade to blue or brown, making a patch of them quite colourful and distinctive.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Outside ( days)

Seed Pod The seedpod is a small black pea pod.

Seed The seeds are small brown peas. There are few seeds in a seed pod.

Seedling The seedling has pinnate leaves.

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