Lathyrus niger (perennial Sweet Pea)

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types

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Plant Details

Although actually a native wild flower, this species is now very rare in this country.

This short perennial sweet pea has many-flowering stems of flowers which are livid purple at first and then fade to blue.

Commonly known as the Black Pea, due to it's foliage turning black as it dies away during the autumn. Black Pea flourishes in the full sun or partial shade in any reasonable soil. 

Will happily climb a trellis or net but is equally capable of scrambling through a shrub etc. Very vigorous.

Height: 90cm

Lathyrus is derived from the Greek lathyros, meaning 'pea' or 'pulse', with latifolius being derived from the Latin latus meaning 'wide' andfolium meaning 'leaf'. 

Common name(s): Black Pea; Everlasting Pea; Black Vetching 

Picture: HermannSchachner [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in at least 9x10cm pots. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants planted in bigger pots at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.