The broad pea (Lathyrus latifolius) is a perennial vine with broad winged, 0.6 to 3 m long stems that creep along the ground or climb as they have found support. Support leaves are 3-6 cm long, lancet-shaped to ovate or half pete and more than half as wide as the stem. The leaves have a winged petiole and consist of two narrow-ovoid to round or elliptical, 4-15 cm long, vijfnervige, blue-green leaflets.
The plant blooms from May to August. The flowers grow in clusters of five to fifteen pieces. The corolla is 2-3 cm long and carmine. The calyx teeth are unequal in length. The fruits are 5-11 cm long, smooth, brown legumes.
The broad pea occurs in central and southern Europe into northern France and the Mediterranean. In Belgium, Germany and England is the established species. It is found in meadows, roadsides and thickets.
This species is also cultivated as ornamental plants. It can withstand temperatures down to -25 ° C. He is not suitable as cut flowers because the flowers in a vase wilt rapidly. This is the sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is better suited.
See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist