Lathyrus
peavine, sweet-pea, vetchling
17 species
8 subspecies and varieties
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Lathyrus angulatusangled peavine
Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields, wastelots, and other disturbed open areas.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: May-June
Lathyrus aphacayellow vetchling
Distribution: Known only from San Juan County in Washington; Washington to California, and in scattered locations in central and southern U.S.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields, wastelots, and other disturbed open areas.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: May-July
Lathyrus holochlorusthin-leaf vetchling
Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in southwestern Washington; Washington to Oregon.
Habitat: Woodlands, prairies, pastures, and roadsides.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
Lathyrus japonicusbeach pea
Distribution: Occurring along the Puget Sound and outer coast in Washington; Alaska to California; also along the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Sandy beaches, dunes, and headlands along the coast.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-September
Lathyrus lanszwertiiNevada peavine, thick-leaved peavine
Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Utah.
Habitat: Sagebrush-ponderosa pine woodland to moderate elevations in the mountains.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-June
var. aridus – pinewoods peavine
var. bijugatus – drypark pea
var. lanszwertii – thick-leaved peavine
Lathyrus latifoliuseverlasting peavine, perennial peavine
Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across North America to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Roadsides, ditches, forest edge, and other disturbed areas, usually where somewhat moist.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: May-August
Lathyrus littoralisbeach peavine, silky beach vetchling
Distribution: Occurring in the coastal counties in Washington; British Columbia to California.
Habitat: Sand dunes and sandy beaches.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
Lathyrus nevadensisSierra peavine
Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho.
Habitat: Open woods at low to moderate elevations.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
var. cusickii – Cusick's pea
var. nevadensis – Sierra pea
var. parkeri – Parker's Sierra peavine
Lathyrus ochroleucuscream-flowered peavine
Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest along the northern border of Washington; Alaska to Washington, east across the northern U.S. and Canada to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Moist woods, at the edge of thickets.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
Lathyrus palustrismarsh peavine
Distribution: Occurring along the Puget Sound and outer coast in Washington; widely distributed throughout most of North America except the Rocky Mountain and southeastern regions of the U.S.
Habitat: Chiefly in tidelands along the coast.
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-July
Lathyrus pauciflorusfew-flowered peavine
Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to Idaho and Arizona.
Habitat: Shrub-steppe to Ponderosa pine and higher open forests.
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-June
var. pauciflorus – few-flowered pea
Lathyrus polyphyllusleafy peavine
Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in lowland Washington, and east up the Columbia River Gorge; Washington to California.
Habitat: Prairies and open areas of low mountains.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
Lathyrus sphaericusgrass peavine
Distribution: Occurring along the southern border of Washington; British Columbia to California.
Habitat: Fields, roadsides, ditches, and other disturbed open areas.
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: May-June
Lathyrus sylvestrisnarrow-leaf peavine
Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to the Rocky Mountains, also in eastern North America
Habitat: Roadsides and waste places at low elevations.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: May-July
Lathyrus torreyiTorrey's peavine
Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California.
Habitat: Open prairies and clearings in the woods at low elevations.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
Lathyrus tuberosustuberous pea, earth-nut peavine
Distribution: Known from Okanogan County in Washington; Washington and Montana, also in eastern North America.
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Flowers: May-July
Lathyrus vestitusPacific peavine
Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California.
Habitat: Moist woodlands, open slopes, and roadsides.
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-June
var. ochropetalus – Pacific peavine