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Muller, Thomas L.
Lathyrus venosus Muhl. ex Willd.
Veiny pea, Veiny vetching, Wild sweet pea, Bushy vetch
Synonym(s): Lathyrus oreophilus, Lathyrus venosus ssp. arkansanus, Lathyrus venosus var. arkansanus, Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus, Lathyrus venosus var. meridionalis
USDA Symbol: lave
A vine-like perennial with purple or bi-colored purple and white flowers in elongate clusters. Leaves are pinnately compound and end in a tendril.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
, WV Canada: BC
, SK Native Distribution:
S. Ont. to Sask., s. to GA
& LA Native Habitat:
Sandy, open ground; shady banks; oak-hickory woods; ridges; thickets
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Various mesic soils.
Plants in the genus
Lathyrus, particularly the seeds, can be toxic to humans and animals if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil. Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationDescription: Propagation is best from seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds must be scarified and/or stratified.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2010-07-06
Research By: TWC Staff