Tufted Vetch - Vicia cracca habit, click for a larger image
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Tufted Vetch - Vicia cracca habit, click for a larger image

Tufted Vetch - Vicia cracca

Height up to 2M (6ft).  Widespread and common scrambling perennial growing from a creeping rhizome and angular, softly hairy stems.  Favours grassy places, hedgerows, scrub, thickets, field boundaries and in grassy areas.  Pinnate Leaves comprise up to twelve pairs of narrow leaflets and end in a branched tendril.  The 12-30 leaflets are oblong to linear - lanceolate, the underside usually hairy.  Flower spikes up to 4cm (1.6in) tall of 10-40 bluish purple flowers appear June - August, flowers mature to seed pods on short stalks.

Also see - Common Vetch.

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