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Everlasting Pea

Lathyrus latifolius

Common Name: Everlasting pea
Scientific Name: Lathyrus latifolius
Family: Leguminosae
Growth Form: Herbaceous vine
Native Range: Europe
Alien Range: Indiana to New England, south to Missouri and Virginia
Introduction: The everlasting pea was introduced as an ornamental plant because of its beautiful flowers.  It can spread vegetatively or by seeding itself.
Description: ·Leaves: Alternate, compound, with 2 ovate leaflets 5 cm (2 in.) long.   5 cm (2 in.) long petiole. Branched tendril between the leaflets.  

·Stem: Hairless, strongly winged.

·Flowers: Purplish-pink color. 2 cm (1 in.)in diameter.  5 petals, 5 part calyx.  No scent.  Blooms in summer.

·Fruit: Immature seedpod is green, becomes brown as it matures.  Hairless, flat, 5 cm (2 in.) long, 1 cm (.5 in) wide.  Seeds dark and oblong. 
Threats: The everlasting pea does not cause harm in areas where it has naturalized.
Fun Facts: Everlasting pea plants are pollinated by bumblebees. 
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