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Lathyrus latifolius

Everlasting Pea, Perennial Sweet Pea

Scientific Name:

Lathyrus latifolius

Genus:

Lathyrus

Species Epithet:

latifolius

Common Name:

Everlasting Pea, Perennial Sweet Pea

Plant Type

Herbaceous Vine

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

Not Native to US

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Roadsides, fencerows, disturbed areas (Weakley 2015). Common non-native throughout the state.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Native of Europe.

Plant in Bloom

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Bloom

The bright pink seems to be the most prevalent color in this area.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Buds and Blooms

It's quite handsome.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Pink-White Blooms

Here is the other color we see here. I understand it also comes in white and blue.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Another Closeup of Pink-White Blooms

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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