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Muller, Thomas L.
Lathyrus venosus Muhl. ex Willd.
Veiny pea, Veiny vetching, Wild sweet pea, Bushy vetch
Synonyms: Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus
USDA Symbol: lave
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AK , AL , AR , DC , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MI , MN , MO , NC , ND , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV Canada: BC
, SK Native Distribution:
S. Ont. to Sask., s. to GA mts., TN & LA Native Habitat:
Sandy, open ground; shady banks; oak-hickory woods; ridges; thickets USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
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
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Record Modified: 2010-07-06
Research By: TWC Staff