Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Everlasting Pea - Lathyrus latifolius   L.
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DistributionThroughout the state, except scarce in the northeastern portion.

Native of Europe; in N.A. southern Canada and most of the U.S.
AbundanceGenerally common, except scarce in the northeastern portion of the state.
HabitatRoadsides, yard weed, waste ground, fallow crop fields, railroads, disturbed areas.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-October.
IdentificationEverlasting Pea is a large, sprawling or climbing perennial with only 2 leaflets per leaf; the leaves are quite thick in texture. The stems may reach 6 feet long and are broadly winged. The flowers are large and rosy, easily seen at a distance along roadsides.
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