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Garden Pea

Pisum sativum

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, wasteland.

Flower:
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Variable in colour, 5 petals
 
Pea-like flowers which are either white, pink or purple. They appear in clusters of 1 to 3. 10 stamens. Pollinated by bees.
Fruit:
A cylindrical seedpod which produces the seeds (peas). The seeds ripen from July to October.
Leaves:
The unstalked and smooth, hairless leaves are pinnately divided into 1 to 4 pairs of oval, paired leaflets. The leaflets are untoothed and measure up to 6 inches (15cm) long and 1.5 inches (4cm) wide. The leaves each end in a branched tendril. The leaves have round stipules, up to 4 inches (10cm) long. The leaves are alternate along the stems. Garden Pea is an annual climbing garden flower, occasionally escaping into the wild.
Other Names:
Chinese Pea, Chinese Pea Pod, Chinese Snow Pea, Common Pea, Dry Pea, Edible Pod Pea, Edible-podded Pea, English Pea, Field Pea, Green Pea, Pea, Podded Pea, Snow Pea, Sugar Snap Pea.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

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