The vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria) is a perennial plant of the Fabaceae family (Leguminosae), which often acts as an annual plant. The word "wound" in the name indicates that the plant used in folk medicine to heal wounds.
It is a very variable species: sometimes he creeps, sometimes it grows upright. The plant is covered with silvery hairs. The flower is usually yellow, but also orange, red or pink. At sea, even a white variant.
The plant forms globular heads with a diameter of 2-4 cm, from May to autumn bloom. The leaves are imparipinnate. The topblaadje is greatest. There are four or five pairs of leaflets. The fruit of the vetch is a flat pod of 3 mm long.
The vetch is found on dry sandy and calcareous soil, eg in the dunes. In the Netherlands the vetch quite rare.
Vetch is a host plant for butterflies and blue dwarf blue clover, and micro butterfly Aproaerema anthyllidella.
See also: Sending Flowers, Online Florist