Lathyrus vernus

Lathyrus vernus

Spring pea

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Lathyrus vernus
  • Common name: Spring pea
  • Family: Papilionaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

A great spring bee plant, Lathyrus vernus is a compact, bushy perennial with pea-like foliage and pretty, dark purple vetch-like flowers. It’s perfect for growing in a partially shaded spring border, where it associates well with other spring-flowering plants such as bleeding heart and primrose. All plants in the pea family are excellent for bees, as the flowers bear particularly high quality pollen, which, when fed to bee grubs, helps them grow into strong, robust adults. 

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Grow Lathyrus vernus in rich but well-drained soil, ideally in a mixed border among later-flowering plants which will spread to fill the gap when its foliage dies down in midsummer. Alternatively, grow on a bank among low ground-covering plants.

How to grow Lathyrus vernus

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do Collect seeds in May

Do Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do not Collect seeds in August

Do not Collect seeds in September

Do not Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Lathyrus vernus and wildlife

Lathyrus vernus is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Lathyrus vernus poisonous?

Lathyrus vernus can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Lathyrus vernus