Botanical name: Lathyrus latifolius
Other names: Broad-leaved everlasting pea, Everlasting pea, Hardy sweet pea, Perennial pea
Species: L. latifolius - L. latifolius is a fast-growing, herbaceous perennial that climbs using tendrils. It has greyish-green leaves and, from summer through to autumn, bears racemes of pale-pink flowers. Not scented.
Lathyrus latifolius is: Deciduous
Flower: Dark-pink in Summer; Dark-pink in Autumn
Foliage: Grey-green in Summer
Toxicity: May cause stomach discomfort if ingested.
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Specific diseases: Powdery mildew
Pruning: Cut back to ground level in autumn.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Lathyrus latifolius (Broad-leaved everlasting pea) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1m after 1-2 years.
Suggested uses: Wallside and trellises, Banks and Slopes, Drought Tolerant
Cultivation: Plant in sun or partial shade in fertile well-drained soil against a support as a climber or allow it to grow freely over banks and slopes.
Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Aspect: South, West
Exposure: Sheltered, Exposed
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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Companion planting: Plant behind early flowering perennials.
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The foliage offers food for a number of different caterpillars and beetles. Bumble bees seek out the flowers, as does the day-flying silver Y moth (and perhaps also other moth species). This species is a garden escape, first recorded in the wild about 100 years ago.
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