Lathyrus sylvestris (perennial Sweet Pea)

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types

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Plant Details

This perennial British native sweet pea is now rather rare. Known as the Wood Pea, it throws out enormous numbers of flesh pink flowers on strong stems, being even more vigorous and floriferous than Lathyrus latifolius.

This most attractive native wild flower can occasionally be found growing in thickets and woods throughout the country. With its rather handsome, leathery, sword-like leaves and delightfully coloured, rose-pink flowers variegated with pale crimson, violet and green, produced during most of the summer, it is certainly one wild flower that would merit a place in any garden.

Easier to grow than annual sweet peas and you have the advantage that it comes back year after year. It's herbaceous, so dies back to the ground in winter and springs back to life in March.

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

Height: 3m

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): The Wood Pea; Everlasting Pea; Narrow-leaved everlasting pea

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted 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.