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.
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