• Irish name: Peascair Chapaill

  • Scientific name: Vicia sativa ssp.segetalis

The common vetch is a sprawling, straggling annual. It is found in sandy waste places. It flowers from March and September. It bears pea-like flowers which are borne singly or in pairs on long stalks. The seedpods are hairy. In times past the common vetch’s young shoots were eaten as a vegetable. Vetch is a nitrogen fixer. N.B. Please do not eat any of this plant without consulting your doctor in case of adverse effects.