Q: What can you tell me about this vine-like weed growing around the base of my shrubs ?
Q: I have a vine-like weed growing around the base of my shrubs. It has a pretty pink-purple flower on it. The leaf looks similar to a feather. What can you tell me about it?
A: It was easy to identify once you brought me in a few clippings of this plant. I am certain it is Narrow-leaf vetch, Vicia sativa. It is classified as an annual or short-lived perennial with reclining or climbing stems. The plant has small tendrils which enable it to climb and wrap around limbs of small shrubs. The flower color is blue, purple or lavender. Narrow-leaf vetch is found worldwide in temperate regions and is native to Russia and much of Europe.