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Lathyrus splendens (Pride of california)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Lathyrus splendens

Lathyrus splendens Kellogg

Pride Of California, Campo Pea

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: LASP3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Long, weak stems, from 1-1/2 to 9 ft. in length, end in coiled tendrils by which the plant attaches itself as it climbs chaparral bushes. Leaves are pinnately compound. The pea-like flowers are deep, rich-red or crimson and are followed by pea-like pods.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Climber, stems up to about 9 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: Extreme s. CA & adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry, chaparral slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.


Description: Propagate with treated seeds.
Seed Treatment: Seeds must be scarified and/or stratified. A hot water treatment has been recommended for this species.
Commercially Avail: yes


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lathyrus splendens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lathyrus splendens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lathyrus splendens


Record Modified: 2022-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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