Lathyrus latifolius   Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea C DD I

Lathyrus latifolius

This European introduction is very successful in establishing itself in the wild. It competes very well in ordinary British grassland and can grow to 3m. It differs quite a lot from the native Lathyrus sylvestris (Narrow-leaved Everlasting-pea) in that it climbs to a greater height has broader leaflets and is a shocking pink which can be seen from some distance away.

Lathyrus latifolius has successfully escaped into much of England but only a little is to be found in Scotland, Wales or Ireland.

Dunes of Red Rocks, Wirral 28th June 2005

Added on September 23rd 2005

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