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TWO-FLOWERED EVERLASTING-PEA

Lathyrus grandiflorus

Pea Family [Fabaceae]

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 (2)

4th July 2006, Rochdale Canal, Mills Hill, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A climber growing to 2m. Few flowers on each stem. (Fruits of Wood Avens bottom right).


29th June 2006, Stratford on Avon Canal, Boat Trip. Photo: © RWD
Flowers in adjacent pairs. Up to only four on a stem.


4th July 2006, Rochdale Canal, Mills Hill, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers at 25-35mm across larger than those of Broad-Leaved Everlasting-Pea


4th July 2006, Rochdale Canal, Mills Hill, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Leaves shorter than those of Broad-Leaved Everlasting-Pea and oval.


29th June 2006, Stratford on Avon Canal, Boat Trip. Photo: © RWD
Flowers usually bright pink-purple with two smaller and darker red wings.


29th June 2006, Stratford on Avon Canal, Boat Trip. Photo: © RWD
Leaves a paler green, matte with very short hairs, and in opposite pairs with slightly wrinkly edges. Leaves much paler underneath. Felty hairy stems lack wings, but have two ridges.


29th June 2006, Stratford on Avon Canal, Boat Trip. Photo: © RWD
Leaves have net veins.


29th June 2006, Stratford on Avon Canal, Boat Trip. Photo: © RWD
Tendrils are branched.


Not to be semantically confused with : Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) or Mountain Everlasting (Antennaria dioica) [plants with similar names belonging to differing families]

Some resemblance to : Broad-Leaved Everlasting-Pea (Lathyrus latifolus) but that has slightly smaller flowers, more of them on a stem and longer leaves that are not rounded but taper to a point.

Some similarities to : Narrow-Leaved Everlasting-Pea (Lathyrus sylvestris) but that has much longer leaves that are not oval like these, and it also has much smaller flowers which are a duller purple colour.

But crucially, Two-flowered Everlasting-Pea has larger flowers that are in pairs, and never more than four on a stem and lacks wings on its stem (although it does have two small diametrically opposite ridges).

No relation to : Twinflower (Linnea borealis) [a much shorter non-climbing plant belonging to a differing Family]

Another naturalised and persistent garden escapee now found near old gardens and in hedges and waste ground.


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TWO-FLOWERED EVERLASTING-PEA

Lathyrus grandiflorus

Pea Family [Fabaceae]