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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
broad-leaved everlasting pea everlasting pea
hardy sweet pea perennial pea
Lathyrus can be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials, mostly climbing, with pinnate leaves ending in a tendril, and showy pea-like flowers, fragrant in some species
L. latifolius is a vigorous climbing herbaceous perennial to 2m, with winged stems and paired grey-green leaflets bearing tendrils. Flowers 2-3cm in width, vivid purplish-pink, in racemes of 5-11
C&S Europe & N Africa
Toxicity Acute ingestion may cause mild stomach upset
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Can be grown as a climber or allowed to scramble over banks and slopes. It copes with sun or partial shade in fertile well-drained soil
Propagate by seed
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Banks and Slopes Drought Resistant Wall-side Borders
Pruning Cut back to ground level in autumn
Pests May be attacked by aphids, slugs and snails
May be affected by powdery mildews
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