Vicia hirsuta

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaFabaceaeViciaVicia hirsuta


A scrambling annual of rough and disturbed ground, including road and railway banks, scrubby grassland, hedgerows, sheltered sea-cliffs and consolidated shingle beaches; also along the edges of arable fields, and on rubbish tips and waste ground. 0-335 m (Dartmoor, S. Devon).



World Distribution

European Temperate element, but widely naturalised so distribution is now Circumpolar Temperate.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 926

Life form information

Height (cm): 80

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1925

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 285

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 12

Atlas Change Index: 0.05

Weighted Changed Factor: 10

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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