Etymology: Vicia: the classical Latin name for this genus
Plants: climbing or trailing, perennial, up to 3' long forb
Leaves: pinnately-divided into 5-10 pairs of elliptical leaflets, leaf tips with tendrils
Flowers: white to blue, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" long, calyx base mostly not swollen; inflorescence a loose, stalked cluster (raceme) with 7-20 stalked flowers; blooms May-June
Habitat: moist; woods, thickets
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7, Wetland Indicator = UPL* USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.