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Lathyrus nevadensis S. Watson
Sierra pea, Sierra sweet pea, Sierran vetching
USDA Symbol: lane3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The long erect stems of this sweet pea do not end in tendrils, so the perennial tends to form clumps up to 1 1/2 ft. high. The leaves are pinnately compound. Showy, pea-like flowers are borne in small clusters and are various shades of blue or purple with delicate veining. The flowers are followed by pea-like pods.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, WA Native Distribution:
N. Coast Ranges & w. base of Sierras from Fresno to Butte Cos., n. to B.C. & e. to ID Native Habitat:
Dry, conifer slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate with treated seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds must be scarified and/or stratified.
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff