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PlantFiles: Cream Pea Vine, Common Vetchling
Lathyrus ochroleucus

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lathyrus (LAY-thy-russ) (Info)
Species: ochroleucus (ock-roh-LEW-kus) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials
Vines and Climbers

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral trifunov On Oct 29, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Creamy pea vine is endangered or threatened in several states in the US. It is a slender, climbing perennial from up to 3ft tall. Has 5-10 pea-like creamy-white flowers in clusters in early summer. Often found in open woods.
Although not poisonous care should be exercised as some plants from this genus cause a type of poisoning called lathyrism, which results from livestock eating too much vetchling seed over long periods of time.

Regional...

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

Barbourville, Kentucky
Isle, Minnesota
West Chester, Pennsylvania



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