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Lathyrus vernus (Spring pea)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.45m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lathyrus vernus

Other names

Spring pea, Spring vetchling, Bitter vetch, Spring bitter vetch, Spring vetch, Lathyrus cyaneus

Genus

Lathyrus Lathyrus

Species

L. vernus - L. vernus is a bushy herbaceous perennial. It has dark-green, pinnate leaves and in spring bears mauve, pea-like flowers that become tinted with bluish-green as they age.


Lathyrus vernus is: Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming

Toxicity

May cause stomach discomfort if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Reddish-purple, Flushed green in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Slugs , Snails , Thrips Aphids , Slugs , Snails , Thrips

Foot and root rot Foot and root rot

General care

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Lathyrus vernus (Spring pea) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.

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

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Lathyrus vernus

Other names

Spring pea, Spring vetchling, Bitter vetch, Spring bitter vetch, Spring vetch, Lathyrus cyaneus

Genus

Lathyrus Lathyrus

Species

L. vernus - L. vernus is a bushy herbaceous perennial. It has dark-green, pinnate leaves and in spring bears mauve, pea-like flowers that become tinted with bluish-green as they age.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming

Toxicity

May cause stomach discomfort if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Reddish-purple, Flushed green in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Slugs , Snails , Thrips

Specific diseases

Foot and root rot

General care

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lathyrus vernus (Spring pea) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.

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

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Lathyrus vernus (Spring pea)

Common pest name

American serpentine leaf miner; chrysanthemum leaf miner

Scientific pest name

Liriomyza trifolii

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest already subject to review at the EU level (2013). Regularly intercepted in the trade.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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