Scientific NameLathyrus latifolius
Other Common Names:
broad-leaved everlasting pea
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Lathyrus latifolius var. splendens
A vine that grows from 5-6 feet tall, blooms from June to August, and climbs or crawls on the ground with twining tendrils.
Leaves are arranged opposite and are flat to slightly folded, blue-green in color, 4-8 in by 1- 1 1/2 in, and have an apical tendril. Stems and leaf petioles have thin, leafy wings. Leaves lack hairs.
The large, showy flowers and the opposite pair of leaflets with a terminal tendril easily identify this plant from others.
Flower Seed Head
Flowers are pink, purple, or white, 1 inch long, large, and bloom from mid-summer to fall. They are arranged in loose clusters at the end of a long flower stalk.
Fruit is a pitted, white achene that is reddish brown to dark brown, broadly ellipsoid, and 1.2-1.5 mm by 0.7-0.8 mm long. Seeds ripen from August to October.
Fields, roadsides, waste places, meadows, woodlands, sunny edges, dappled shades, shady edges, and ground covers.
upright and nonwoody,
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval