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Lathyrus latifolius

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Everlasting pea, Perennial pea
Cultivar(s):
Albus , Blushing bride , Pink Beauty , Pink Pearl , Snow Queen , Splendens
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Vines, Wildflowers
Comment:

Wildflower in western North Carolina; herbaceous perennial; dislikes being transplanted

Description:
Annual or perennial, herbaceous vines with winged stem; leaves alternate, pinnately divided, each with 2 or more leaflets and a terminal tendril; flowers pea-like in elongated clusters, pink; fruit a flattened pod
Season:
Summer, fall
Height:
Vine
Foliage:
Sun
Flower:
Rose-pink, white, or red flowers mid-summer to fall
Zones:
6
Habit:
Deciduous
Texture:
Fine to medium
Exposure:
Sun
Poison Part:
Seeds
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
"Lathyrism": paralysis, slow and weak pulse, shallow breathing, convulsions
Edibility:
EDIBLE PARTS: Peas and very young pods HARVEST TIME: Only collect peas and young pods from areas you know have NOT been treated with pesticides. Collect young pods in early summer and peas slightly later. SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Soak peas and young pods in warm water to remove dirt and debris. Do not use dish detergent or any type of sanitizer. These products can leave a residue. Boil in salted water with a dash of sugar. Cook until bright green and tender. Or, stir fry young pods with other vegetables . SOURCE: Crowhurst, A. The Weed Cookbook. Lancer Books, New York. 190 pp.
Toxic Principle:
Amine, phenol, and glycoside
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
Found in:
Forest or natural areas native in low woods, bottomlands; weedy in disturbed areas, escaped along roadsides, in waste places, fields; landscape cultivated in flower gardens as perennial or annual herbaceous vine
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Climbing Method:
Tendrils; twining
Life Cycle:
Perennial

NCCES plant id: 2297