American Vetch is a member of the Pea
is a slender climbing plant which clings to other vegetation by slender
coiling tendrils at the end of each leaf. It
grows to 4 feet
in height and has
green, compound leaflets which grow on opposite sides of the stem in
pairs of 8-12 each to 1.5 inches in length.
It grows in open or disturbed areas
such as along roadsides, fields and in pastures.
American Vetch is found
throughout much of the US and Canada.
American Vetch blooms between May - July and
clusters of 3-10 deep pinkish-purple to reddish-lavender, pea-like
flowers to 1.25 inches in length. Flowers are followed by a pea pod to
1 inch in length containing 8-14 round seeds.