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Lathyrus odoratus - L.

Common Name Sweet Pea, Wild Pea,Vetchling
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards The seed contains a toxin that is easily extractable in cold water or alcohol[114]. This toxin causes symptoms different to lathyrism (a disease of the nervous system caused by eating the seeds of certain members of this genus)[240]. Symptoms include reproduction failure and degenerative arthritis[240].
Habitats Not known
Range S. Europe - Italy, Sicily and Crete.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lathyrus odoratus Sweet Pea, Wild Pea,Vetchling


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Summary

Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Lathyrus odoratus is a ANNUAL CLIMBER growing to 2 m (6ft 7in) at a fast rate. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

The seeds are rich in vitamin A[240], though the report does not say that the seeds are edible[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Essential.

An essential oil obtained from the flowers is used in perfumery[46, 61].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Arbor, Border, Container, Ground cover, Screen. An easily grown plant, succeeding in any moderately good well-drained garden soil[200], whether acid or alkaline[202]. Prefers a position in full sun[200] but it also does well in partial shade[1]. A very ornamental plant, the sweet pea is often cultivated for its sweet smelling flowers, there are many named varieties[1]. Plants climb by means of tendrils[188]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200]. Special Features:Not North American native, All or parts of this plant are poisonous, Suitable for cut flowers, Fragrant flowers.

Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in early spring in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed, then it can be sown in situ in mid spring[200]. The seed can also be sown in situ in the autumn[1, 134].

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Lathyrus palustrisSlenderstem Peavine, Marsh pea10
Lathyrus polymorphusManystem Peavine, Hoary pea10
Lathyrus pratensisMeadow Vetchling01
Lathyrus quinquenervius 10
Lathyrus sativusChickling Pea, White pea21
Lathyrus tuberosusEarthnut Pea, Tuberous sweetpea50

 

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karen   Thu Jun 23 13:24:46 2005

i love my sweetpea, but its taking over the rest of my plants. can i trim it back while its in bloom? what can i do?

vijay k tiwari   Tue Aug 17 16:02:22 2004

this plant have great nutritous value and it can avoid drought condition so it has long aspect in field of seed food , but its seed contain a toxin it is essential to remove this for its wide use.

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