LATHYRUS pratensis

Meadow Vetchling, Yellow Meadow Vetchling, Meadow Pea



Height: 1-3' (30-90 cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Yellow

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder)
Order: Fabales (Bean Order)
Family: Papilionaceae (Pea Family)
Genus: Lathyrus (Pea)
Species: pratensis (of meadows)
Lathyrus pratensis

Lathyrus pratensis is like a small version of our garden Sweet Pea, with thin stems clambering through other plants to a height of up to 3', with pairs of narrow pointed leaves joined to the stem with arrow-shaped stipules and ending in thin tendrils. The bright yellow flowers are in upright clusters on long stalks. It is common in grassy places, hedgerows and sometimes gardens.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Outside ( days)

Seed Pod The seedpod is a small pea pod.

Seed The seeds are small brown marbled peas. There are several seeds in a seed pod.

Seedling The seedling has three narrow leaflets.

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