Page authors: David Giblin, Don Knoke
Vicia villosa
hairy vetch, winter vetch, woolly vetch
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; distributed widely throughout much of North America.

Habitat: Disturbed meadows, grasslands, prairies, roadsides and other open areas.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Copiously villous annual, the stem 0.5-2 m. tall, clambering.


Leaves pinnate; leaflets 10-20, linear-lanceolate to narrowly oblong, 1.5-2 cm. long; stipules entire to toothed, 5-12 mm. long; tendrils well developed.


Inflorescence of 20- to 60-flowered, dense, one-sided racemes, on long, axillary peduncles; flowers 15-18 mm. long, reddish-purple to violet; calyx less than half the length of the corolla, the tube 2.5-4 mm. long, very strongly gibbous at the base, the pedicel attached just under the bulge; upper 2 calyx teeth triangular-based but prolonged to a slender tip; lower 3 linear and about equal to the tube; style densely bearded at the tip.


Pod 2-3 cm. long and 6-10 mm. broad, several seeded.

Accepted Name:
Vicia villosa Roth

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. glabrescens – hairy vetch, winter vetch, woolly vetch
var. villosa – hairy vetch, winter vetch, woolly vetch
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Vicia villosa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vicia villosa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vicia villosa photos.

USDA Plants: Vicia villosa information.

46 photographs:
Group by