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Lathyrus vernus

Lathyrus vernus (Spring Pea, Everlasting Sweetpea)

is a bushy fully hardy perennial herbaceous shrub with purple flowers in early Summer, late Spring and mid Summer. It grows well in semi-shade and direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are papilionaceous shaped. It looks best in Spring and Summer.


Lathyrus vernus grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to chalk, clay, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, peat, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils, and prefers high fertility.


This is a rounded shrub and has a clump forming growth form, and has an ultimate height of 0.5m / 1.6ft and spread of 0.5m / 1.6ft. It can take 2-3 years to reach its ultimate height.


The leaves are green in Spring and Summer. They are alternately pinnate in shape.


A strong pleasant scent is emitted from the flower.


Moderate in whole plant. Severe stomach upset if eaten.


City courtyard garden, cottage informal garden, flower arranging and flower border and bed.


Propagation techniques include seed.

-28°C / -18.4F 5.5 to 8 2-3 years 0.5m / 1.6ft 0.5m / 1.6ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Lathyrus
Specific epithet ? vernus
Common names
Spring Pea (Ireland), Everlasting Sweetpea (Ireland)
IPNI details on Lathyrus vernus
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