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Lathyrus splendens

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Lathyrus splendens

Species Name: Lathyrus splendens
Common Name: Campo Pea or Pride of California

A rare and uncommon vine with spectacular flowers. Needs support of shrub or tree to climb. Grows fast in spring. Difficult to transplant, be very cautious with roots.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Vine
Height by Width: 20' long
Growth Habit: Climbing
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Dark pink to red
Endangered?: List 4/RED 1-1-2
Distribution: South Coast, Peninsular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Chaparral below 3000'

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  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rapid growing climbing pea, bearing clusters of deep crimson flowers 2 inches or more in length. Can be grown on a trellis or fence or allowed to clamber over shrubs. A glorious sight when in bloom in the spring. Gallon cans, 50c."
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