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Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea

Lathyrus latifolius

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Showy bright to deep pink flowers in a spike.
Fruit:
A brown pea pod, up to 10cm long.
Leaves:
The greyish leaves are arranged alternately along the stems. The compound leaves have 1 pair of elliptical leaflets with branched tendrils. The leaflets have untoothed margins and are smooth in texture. Each leaflet can be up to 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. Leaf bases have stipules.
Maximum Size:
3 meters spread.
Foraging Notes:
The seeds and seedpods edible cooked. The leaves are edible too. Eating large quantities of this plant can cause a disease of the nervous system called 'lathyrism'. The symptoms of lathyrism may include tremors, muscle weakness and paraplegia.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Unlike most pea species, the flowers of the Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea are not scented.
Other Names:
Everlasting Pea, Everlasting Pea-vine, Hardy Sweet Pea, Pea Shoots, Perennial Pea, Perennial Pea-vine, Perennial Sweet Pea, Wild Sweet Pea.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.