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PlantFiles: Golden Pea
Lathyrus aureus

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lathyrus (LAY-thy-russ) (Info)
Species: aureus (AW-re-us) (Info)

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Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Orange

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Profile:

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1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Baa On Dec 7, 2001, Baa wrote:

A perennial from Turkey and South East Europe.

Has dark green, smooth, entire leaves divided into 3-5 leaftlets. Bears small, pea like, orange flowers on one side of the flower stem.

Flowers May-July.

Likes a well drained, fertile soil in full sun or light shade. Dislikes winter wet (I know to my cost), but is hardy down to at least 5F. Forms clumps where happy and looks great in a wild or woodland garden.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Laurens, South Carolina



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