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Lathyrus tuberosus

11th June 2012

The Tuberous Pea is fairly widespread in Europe and Western Asia but in the UK it has a single traditional location which accounts for its local name - the Fyfield Pea. I have visited repeatedly (for other reasons) and never seen it in the wild.
I have tried to replicate the dry soils and warm summers that it is said to prefer but I don't think my garden is a good habitat. Time will reveal how tolerant it is of cool wet summers. If I had thought about it, it is one of those plants that might have been better in the greenhouse.