Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Vicia sepium

Bush Vetch

Bush Vetch is a member of the pea and clover family (legumes) which can be found scrambling through many different habitats including woodland edges, rough grassland, roadside verges and scrubland. Small groups of two to six pale lilac-blue flowers appear between April and November attracting bumblebees and Honey Bees. Weevils, beetles and caterpillars also feed on Bush Vetch.

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How to identify?

Bush Vetch has ladder-like leaves which are arranged in pairs on either side of the stem. Branched tendrils used for climbing and grasping often spiral from the ends. The seed pods of Bush Vetch are black and hairless and look like peapods.

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Scientific Name

Vicia sepium

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