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Lathyrus vestitus

Lathyrus vestitus Nutt.

Pacific Pea, Wild Sweetpea, Canyon Pea

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: lave2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Climbing stems up to about 8 feet long. Climbs by tendrils.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: White, pinkish and lavender.



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade


Use Ornamental: 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: yes

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


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

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