Lathyrus vernus is a member of the Pea family, but the plant doesn't climb or have tendrils. Rather, it forms neat clumps to 18″ tall with divided leaves topped by purplish blue blooms in early spring. They look especially fine near the striped green-and-cream leaves of Iris pallida 'Variegata' or the flowers of late midseason Daffodils. The slender seed pods of Lathyrus vernus dry and twist open in summer, giving the plant a new look.
Native across Europe to Turkey and Siberia, this hardy perennial received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Having grown it for years in our display beds, we can see why. Its charming common name, Spring Vetchling, sounds like something from the English countryside or a Beatrix Potter's story starring Peter Rabbit. Give plants partial shade in Zones 8–9 to protect from summer heat.
For more information on growing and care, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Latin Name Pronunciation: lath'-ih-rus
Grown for its showy pea-like flowers, Lathyrus vernus is native across Europe to Turkey and Siberia. The flowers are followed by flattish pods that twist open when dry, releasing the seeds. A clump-former, it works well in rock gardens or perennial borders.
Light/Watering: Grow in full sun to partial shade. Provide partial shade in Zones 8–9 to protect from summer heat.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Grow in humus-rich, fertile, but well-drained soil.
Pests/Diseases: Generally without problems, but new growth may be discovered by rabbits or slugs.
Companions: Striking in spring with Daffodils or the leaves of Iris pallida 'Variegata.'