Sprawling or climbing vine. Flowers small,
pink to purple, resembling those of the garden sweet pea or
edible pea. Leaves long, with long, narrow leaflets
opposite each other. Last several leaflets missing,
replaced by tendrils that wrap around other plants and help
support the plant. Fruit a purple-black pea-like pod.
Open fields and waste places, a common
weed of yards and gardens. In Wildwood common
along the bike path, especially in the area of the north
Small, pink to purple flowers and
tendril-tipped leaves are distinctive characteristics
that make this plant easy to identify. Carolina or Wood Vetch (V. caroliniana) has white flowers and unbranched
tendrils, and grows in the woods.