Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Caley Pea - Lathyrus hirsutus   L.
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DistributionMostly Piedmont and northern Coastal Plain; scattered elsewhere.

Native of Europe; in N.A. MD to MO and NM, south to FL and TX; also MI, CA, OR.
AbundanceFairly common to common in the Piedmont, but infrequent in the Coastal Plain and southern Mountains.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, fallow crop fields, weed in orchard.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-July.
IdentificationCaley Pea is a sprawling or climbing annual up to 3 feet long. Leaves have only 2 leaflets, narrow. Petals are magenta purple. The pod is densely hairy.
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