Lathyrus latifolius

Everlasting pea

Family: Fabaceae

Origin: Europe, North Africa

Close up of everlasting pea flowers.
Everlasting peas are both self-seeding and spread via rhizomes.
Photo credit: Antonie van den Bos, www.botanypictures.com

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Not a legally declared pest

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General description

Scrambling perennial herbaceous vine. Stems are hairless and winged. Leaves are alternate, smooth and compound, with a pair of leaflets borne on a winged petiole. Flowers are purple/pink/magenta and borne in racemes in September – May. Seed pods are flattened, green maturing to brown and split open into curled segments.

What you need to know

Although everlasting pea is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Habitats

Open areas, urban areas, disturbed sites, gardens, wasteland, roadsides.

Dispersal

Seeds dispersed by explosive dehiscence. Vegetative spread from rhizomes. Human-mediated dispersal through deliberate plantings.

Impact on environment

Can form dense infestations and smother native vegetation. Nitrogen fixer.

Control

Site Management

Remove all fruits/pods to prevent seeding. Requires regular follow up.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Pull out.

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds.

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical.

Biocontrol

Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications: Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with glyphosate gel. Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water.

Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Everlasting pea on a black background with flowerhead.
Everlasting pea is a climbing perennial vine.
Photo credit: David Smith, www.delawarewildflowers.org
Close up of everlasting pea in full bloom.
Can form dense stands smothering native vegetation.