Page author: David Giblin
Vicia sativa
tare, common vetch
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington, but more common on the west side; widely distributed throughout most of North America.

Habitat: Disturbed ground, yards and roadsides at low elevations.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous to villous perennial, the stems 3-8 dm. tall.


Leaves pinnate; leaflets 10-14, linear to obovate-oblanceolate, 1.5-3 cm. long, rounded or with a shallow notch, and with a needle-like tip; stipules 3-8 mm. long, deeply toothed or saggitate; tendrils well-developed, branched.


Flowers pea-like, 1-3 in the leaf axils, short-pedunculate, 15-25 mm. long; calyx over half the length of the corolla, the 5 teeth narrowly awl-shaped, equal, usually longer than the tube; banner erect, orchid to purplish; wings often red; style densely bearded at the tip.


Pod 3-7 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Vicia sativa L.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. angustifolia – tare, common vetch
var. sativa – tare, common vetch
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Vicia sativa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Vicia sativa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vicia sativa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vicia sativa photos.

USDA Plants: Vicia sativa information.

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