Perennial pea (Lathyrus latifolius)

Perennial pea Synonyms: Lathyrus latifolius L. var. splendens

Common Names: Everlasting peavine, perennial peavine

Description: Popular garden plant but very difficult to remove. Seeds are toxic.

Habit: Trailing or climbing, perennial; up to 6 ft long forb; numerous tendrils, from rhizomes.

Leaves: Alternate, pinnate with 2 leaflets on broadly-winged stalks, oval to lance-shaped, symmetrical leaf-like appendages at the base.

Stems: Erect; broadly winged; 6 ft tall; herbaceous; climbing; glabrous; typically glaucous.

Flowers: White to purplish-red in color, 5-parted, 1/2-1 in long, inflorescence a long-stalked cluster (raceme) of 4-10 stalked flowers.

Fruit and seeds: Long, narrow, smooth pod with 10-15 black/brown seeds.

Habitat: Native to Europe. Found along roadsides, railroads, fencerows, open fields, sometimes cultivated.

Reproduction: Vegetatively or by reseeding itself.

Similar species: Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) and Caley pea (Lathyrus hirsutus).

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pull young vines; cut, making sure to remove all fragments and runners; dig out root system.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from, the Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium and the USDA PLANTS Database.

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Common Name:

Perennial pea

Scientific Name:

Lathyrus latifolius







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