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Lathyrus vestitus Nutt.
Pacific pea, Wild sweetpea, Canyon pea
USDA Symbol: lave2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The Pacific Pea is a member of the pea family (Fabaceae), which includes trees, shrubs, herbs, and vines with compound or occasionally simple leaves and flowers usually in clusters.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
3-6 ft. , 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Lavendar
CA , OR , WA USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Good under trees. Use Food:
Young leaves eaten by indigenous peoples. Warning:
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 the Conspicuous Flowers:
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Record Modified: 2009-04-08
Research By: TWC Staff