Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Lathyrus latifolius L.
everlasting pea, perennial pea-vine
Lathyrus: from the Greek lathyros, an old name for "pea"
latifolius: Latin for "wide to broad leaves"
|Status: ||Introduced - escaped; potentially invasive|
|Plant: ||trailing or climbing, perennial, up to 6' long forb; stems broadly winged, numerous tendrils; from rhizomes|
|Flower: ||white to purplish-red, 5-parted, 1/2"-1" long; inflorescence a long-stalked cluster (raceme) of 4-10 stalked flowers; blooms June-Aug.|
|Fruit:||long, narrow, smooth pod with 10-15 seeds|
|Leaf:||2 leaflets on broadly-winged stalks; oval to lance-shaped, symmetrical leaf-like appendages at the base|
|Habitat: ||roadsides, railroads, fencerows, fields|