hairy vetch, winter vetch
Etymology: Vicia: the classical Latin name for this genus
Plants: climbing, annual/biennial, hairy, up to 3' long forb; stems with spreading hairs
Leaves: pinnately-divided into 5-10 pairs of narrowly- oblong leaflets; leaf tips with tendrils
Flowers: purple, 5-parted, 3/4" long, calyx base very swollen; inflorescence a dense, long-stalked, one-sided cluster (raceme) of 10-40, stalked flowers; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: 1/2"-3/4" long, smooth pod
Habitat: disturbed sites, fields; in sandy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
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. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key