Lathyrus latifolius
perennial pea, sweet pea

Lathyrus latifolius
Lathyrus latifolius
less commonly, in white

Lathyrus latifolius
Lathyrus latifolius
Photos courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Lathyrus latifolius
Common name: perennial pea, sweet pea
Group: dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Growth type: vine; forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 6 - 8'
Foliage: leaflets 2, lance shaped or oblong; stems broadly winged
Flower: purple or pink; rarely white, 1" long; stipules lance-shaped
Flowering time: late June to late August
Habitat: weed of disturbed, open ground, old fields, railroad sides, shaded woods edges
Range in New Jersey: scattered statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. This plant is generally considered to be a weed.