1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume IV

Lathyrus Sativus

Blue-Flower'd Lathyrus or Chichling-Vetch
Class and Order
Diadelphia Decagynia
Generic Character
Stylus planus, supra villosus, superne latior. Calycis laciniæ superiores 2 breviores.
Specific Character and Synonyms
LATHYRUS sativus pedunculis unifloris, cirrhis diphyllis tetraphyllisque, leguminibus ovatis compressis dorso bimarginatis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 662
LATHYRUS sativus, flore fructusque albo. Bauh. Pin. 343.

A native of France, Spain, and Italy, and distinguishable when in flower by the blue colour of its blossoms, which are sometimes, however, milk-white; but its seed-pods afford a more certain mark of distinction, being unusually short, broad, and winged on the back.

This species grows to the height of about two feet, and is usually sown in the spring with other annuals; though not so beautiful, it forms a contrast to the sweet and Tangier Pea, and may be introduced where there is plenty of room, or a desire of possessing and knowing most of the plants of a genus.

It flowers in June and July.

115Lathyrus Sativus
Lathyrus Sativus
Blue-Flower'd Lathyrus or Chichling-Vetch

Other species of the Lathyrus genus