Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Perennial Pea (Everlasting Vetchling, Everlasting Pea) (Lathyrus latifolius)

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June 6, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I have been trying to figure out this plant since last year. I can recognize pea family flowers more easily, so I just had to figure out the genus and species:
  • Leaf blades compound.
  • Leave palmately compound or with 3 or fewer leaflets.
  • Plants herbaceous or sub-woody.
  • Leaves pinnately or palmately compound with 3 or fewer leaflets.
  • Leaflets untoothed (entire).
  • Leaflets even-pinnate (terminal leaflet modified into a tendril). (Lathyrus genus)
  • Leaves with 2 or more well-developed leaflets.
  • Leaves with 2 leaflets.
  • Inflorescence with 4-10 flowers. Plants perennial with rhizomes.
  • Corollas 14-25 mm long, stems conspicuously winged.
  • Stipules 3-10 mm wide and lanceolate to ovate. Corollas 13-20 mm long.