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Lathyrus palustris - L.

Common Name Slenderstem Peavine, Marsh pea
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Although no records of toxicity have been found for this plant, the seed of some species in this genus contain a toxic amino acid that can cause a severe disease of the nervous system known as 'lathyrism' if they are eaten in large amounts (although small quantities are said to be nutritious)[65, 76]. Great caution is advised.
Habitats Fens and damp places in grass or bushes[17],
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Spain, Siberia and Japan. E. N. America
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun
Lathyrus palustris Slenderstem Peavine, Marsh pea


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lathyrus palustris is a PERENNIAL CLIMBER growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked[105, 161, 179]. The fully grown seeds are shelled and cooked as a vegetable[257]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Young leaves and stems - cooked[177].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

A good plant for the bog or marsh garden, succeeding in wet soils[1, 200]. It is easily grown in any moderately good garden soil, preferring a position in full sun[200]. Plants climb by means of tendrils[188]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in early spring in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed, then it can also be sown in situ in mid spring[200]. Division in spring. It may not transplant well so care should be taken[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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