Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Spring Vetch - Vicia lathyroides   L.
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DistributionRather erratically distributed in the Coastal Plain, Sandhills, and lower half of the Piedmont.

Native of Europe; in N.A. Atlantic and Gulf states, MI, CA, WA, B.C.
AbundanceUncommon in Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, lawn weed, churchyard, edge of parking lot, edge of sidewalk, maritime sandflat (Dare Co.), waste area, granitic flatrock margin (Franklin Co.).
PhenologyFlowering March-June.
IdentificationSpring Vetch has prostrate to ascending, few to many, branches up to a foot tall. The leaves have 2-4 pairs of slender to broad leaflets. Flowers are in upper axils, solitary or paired, pale violet to blue, 5-8 mm long. Plants of V. sativa are taller, the leaflets are larger, and the flowers are larger (greater than 10 mm) and red-purple.
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