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Common across Dorset in hedgerows, on banks, on grass downlands and in meadows between May and August


Common Vetch: the garden vetch

Post date: Tuesday, 7 June, 2016 - 19:07

As I have said before in my nature notes there are many flowers you just pass by without so much of a second look because they are so familiar. If you stop and look, and take a close up photo, you find these flowers are amazingly beautiful.

Once grown as a fodder crop the common vetch (Vicia sativa), or garden vetch as it is sometimes called, can be found across Dorset in hedgerows, on banks, on grass downlands and in meadows and so can easily be taken for granted but what a wonderful colour it is and such a delicate flower.

A member of the pea family, there are several vetches in flower from May until July, the common vetch is just one of them and they are all lovely.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Common Vetch
Scientific Name Vicia sativa
Family Pea family - Leguminosae
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Species Family Pea Family - Fabaceae
Flower Colour Group Purple
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for Tall climbing pea-flower amongst grass and shrubs
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
GN: Neutral Grassland Associated