It does not have the eye-catching colour of the related Tufted Vetch, or indeed the common vetch - vicia sativa. Its colour belonging more to the dullish red side of the purple spectrum, although the flowers can be pink, purple or blue.
Insects Love the Bush Vetch
Bush Vetch attracts many insects, bumblebees, Honey Bees. Weevils, beetles, caterpillars
Bush Vetch - Climbing habit
Its climbing habit is enabled by branched tendrils at the end of each leaf stem, which curl around surrounding plants.
Bush vetch has ladder like leave, arranged in pairs up either side of the stem. The leaves are oval and blunt at the ends with small bristles. The leaves are widest near the base. There are tendrils at the end of each pinnate leaf.
The seed pods of Bush Vetch are black and hairless and look like peapods.
|Inches and cm sizes are approximate|