Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea - Lathyrus latifolius

Alternative names
Everlasting Pea
Description

A very variable tall, clambering plant to 3 metres. It has widely winged stems and leaflets with prominent parallel veins. The pea like flowers are magenta-purple or pink, 20 to 30 mm in long stalked racemes.

Similar Species

Lathyrus grandiflorus

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

One pair of leaflets. The stems are winged.  

Recording advice

A photo of the whole plant, showing stems and leaves as well as flowers

Habitat

Disturbed ground, railway verges etc., often as an escape from cultivation.

When to see it

Flowers June to September.

Life History

Perennial.

UK Status

Infrequent but widespread in Britain, particularly from Yorkshire southwards. Usually found as an escape from cultivation that has established in the wild.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland, usually as an escape from cultivation that has established in the wild. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 19 of the 617 tetrads.

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