Lathyrus vernus

£4.09

from 3 units: £3.99

Availability : Available

Description :

A charming spring pea to invite into your garden!

The Lathyrus genus belongs to the Fabaceae or pea family and has some 150 species. Lathyrus vernus is native to the dry meadows, thickets and light understory on chalky rock in continental Europe, from France to the Caucasus, and from the north of Turkey as far as eastern Siberia.

This species, also known as spring vetch or vetchling, has delicate spring flowers, which make it an outstanding perennial. Although the ornamental qualities of Lathyrus vernus earned it an Award of Garden Merit in 1993, it is only rarely seen in nurseries and gardens.

Sometimes pink, sometimes blue, its slender spring flowers are really marvellous. The whole plant forms a dense clump about 30 centimetres in height.

Lathyrus vernus is slow growing, but long-lived and likes light, well-drained soil. In the sun or partial shade, under a shrub or planted in a rockery, spring vetch needs little as it produces it own nitrogen through a symbiotic process with bacteria living in its roots.

Companion plants for partial shade: Millium effusum 'Aureum', Pulmonaria, Primula, Dicentra, perennial geraniums, spring flowering bulbs.

Companion plants for sunny rockeries: Euphorbia polychroma, Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'.

Grow in light shade or sun (not scorching) in ordinary, even poor, light, well-drained soil, slightly acid to alkaline. Good resistance to temporary drought.

And another thing... Make sure the plant's collet is kept properly drained in winter to prevent rotting. Avoid heavy, damp soils.

Although Lathyrus vernus continues to grow after flowering, its growth period is mainly in the spring, which means it avoids competition from the roots of deciduous shrubs in winter.

Maintenance: prune the dried flower stems at the end of winter. May re-seed. Non-invasive.

Lathyrus vernus

Flora of Germany, Austria and Switzerland - 1885,

Gera, German. Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé

Source: Wikipedia - www.biolib.de


- 0,7 litre pot

- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 30 to 50cm
- Plant spacing: 40 cm

- Flower colour: purple
- Flowering period: spring flowers
Contact Us

Customer Service

 

If you need further information or would simply like to make a suggestion, please get in touch with us

Please fill in the online form below and send us your message

We will be delighted to get back to you.

-----oooOooo-----

The nursery is closed to visitors - Opening on Wednesday 22 August

Our shipments to the UK and Europe take place every week.

-----oooOooo-----

Civility: *
Your first name:*
Your name:*
E-mail: *
Subject of your message:
Your Message:

 

---oooOooo---

You can also join the nursery:

* by phone You can also call us on +33 (0)297436255 from 9 am to 5 pm (French time). Please note that we only speak French or a little English!

* by fax at +33 (0)972126311

* by mail

Pépinière Le Clos d'Armoise
Moustoir Lorho
56450 THEIX - FRANCE

 

- The nursery is closed to visitors - Opening on Wednesday 22 August

The nursery is closed to visitors on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and public holidays.

-----oooOooo-----