September 16, 2015

Vicia spp.

Life cycle

Climbing or trailing annual, biennial or perennial vines.


Alternate, pinnately compound with several pairs of opposite, narrowly oblong leaflets. The terminal leaflet is modified into a branched, twining tendril used to climb.

vetch leaf
Vetch leaves.


Ascending, climbing or trailing stems are herbaceous but may become woody with age.

vetch tendril
Vetch stem.

Flowers and fruit

Blue, purple or reddish pea-like flowers are borne on short stalks in the upper leaf axils or found crowded along one side of long, bare stalks. Fruit are variously sized pea-like pods.

vetch flower vetch pod
Vetch flowers (left). Pea-like pods of vetch (right).


Seeds or rhizomes.

Print a PDF of this page: Vetches

Back to identifying Christmas tree weeds.

Tags: integrated pest management

Other Documents in this Series

You Might Also Be Interested In

Accessibility Questions:

For questions about accessibility and/or if you need additional accommodations for a specific document, please send an email to ANR Communications & Marketing at