Lathyrus latifolius (everlasting pea, perennial pea) is a vigorous climbing herbaceous perennial growing up to 2m, with winged stems and paired leaflets bearing tendrils. Here it is scrambling over other shrubs on a bank and will cope with sun or partial shade in a fertile well-drained soil. There is a lovely white flowered form Lathyrus latifolius ‘White Pearl’. Sadly the flowers of this perennial pea have no scent.
Lathyrus latifolius is in the pea family Fabaceae. Commonly known as perennial peavine, it is native to the Mediterranean, but has been cultivated in North America for over 200 years. It is found throughout many parts of the United States and Canada. This species grows as a vine that can reach up to 6 feet tall. The flowers come in a range of colors from white to dark pink. Although it is commonly grown in gardens, this plant is not edible, with both the seeds and the pods being highly toxic.
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