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Vicia sativa
tare, common vetch

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; Alaska to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, forest edges, thickets, lawns, wastelots, and other disturbed open areas.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, butterflies


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.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 736. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Vicia sativa checklist entry

OregonFlora: Vicia sativa information

E-Flora BC: Vicia sativa atlas page

CalPhotos: Vicia sativa photos

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