Flowers usually pink-purple or bi-coloured. Solitary or pairs in leaf-axils.
Ripe fruit brownish-black, smooth, usually hairless. Upper leaflets little narrower than lower. Tendrils usually branched. Straggling ridged stems. Very variable.
Disturbed ground, roadsides, waste ground. Mainly found in S and E Ireland.
Not separately recorded until 1991, but the most frequent subspecies.
V. sativa ssp. nigra and V. sativa ssp. sativa are both rare. Identified by Paul Green.
Common Vetch. Blue form: Sherkin Island, Co.Cork. Aug 2007. White form: Inchidoney Beach, Co.Cork. May 2008