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Vicia hirsuta
hairy vetch, tiny vetch

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; Alaska to California, also in Idaho and Montana.

Habitat: Roadsides, forest edge, meadows, thickets, wastelots, and other disturbed open areas.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Slender, puberulent, clambering annual, the stem 3-7 dm. tall.


Leaves pinnate, the tendrils well-developed; leaflets 14-18, linear, 1-2 cm. long, usually with a very shallow notch and needle-like tip; stipules 2-5 mm. long, linear, lobed at base.


Inflorescence of axillary racemes on slender peduncles shorter than the leaves; racemes with 3-8 whitish or pale blue, pea-like flowers 3-4 mm. long; the 5 calyx teeth lanceolate, equal to the tube; style densely bearded at the tip.


Pod hairy, 2-seeded, 1 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Vicia hirsuta (L.) Gray
Publication: Nat. Arr. Brit. Pl. 2: 614-615. 1821.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Vicia hirsuta checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vicia hirsuta atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vicia hirsuta photos.

USDA Plants: Vicia hirsuta information.

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