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Lathyrus pratensis or Meadow vetchling, also known as the Meadow Pea and Meadow pea-vine, is a perennial legume that grows to 1.2 m in heights.

Habitat Of The Meadow VetchlingEdit

Meadow vetchling is a native perennial of moderately fertile soils found in a range of grasslands including meadows, hedges, banks and unimproved and lightly grazed pastures. Its scrabbling habit can result in it becoming locally dominant but this can be held in check through cutting or grazing. In neglected grasslands these patches can become quite extensive but will eventually be superseded by coarse grasses such as false oat-grass. Meadow vetchling is more dependent upon rhizomal spread than seed drop to regenerate and so is able to persist within pasture and meadows where plants are cut back before seed pods have ripened. Seed, which can survive ingestion by cattle, is important for the colonisation of new sites.

Growing And Flowering ConditionsEdit

The Meadow vetchling is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The hermaphrodite flowers are pollinated by bees. As a perennial, this plant reproduces itself over many years, spreading out from the point it was introduced, especially in damp grassy areas. This plant has been propagated in the past as animal fodder.

The Meadow vetchling is native to Europe and Asia, but has been introduced to other parts of the world. In the United States, this plant is found primarily in the northeast states, Oregon, and Alaska.

The best time to grow this plant is during the Autum of the year as you shall get a better outcome.

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