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Spring Vetchling

Lathyrus vernus

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Spring Vetchling (Lathyrus vernus) at Parkland Garden Centre

Spring Vetchling flowers

Spring Vetchling flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Spring Vetchling (Lathyrus vernus) at Parkland Garden Centre

Spring Vetchling in bloom

Spring Vetchling in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Spring Pea, Spring Vetch


This charming perennial forms a low clump of bright green leaves producing a spring display of pretty rose-pink flowers; prefers a site that does not dry out and partial shade; a perfect garden accent or massed along borders

Ornamental Features

Spring Vetchling features showy racemes of rose pea-like flowers along the stems from early to late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its oval compound leaves remain light green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Spring Vetchling is an herbaceous perennial with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Spring Vetchling is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Spring Vetchling will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Spring Vetchling is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features