Meadow Vetchling


Remember how I was bemoaning my inability to grow sweet peas and how I had to be content with its cousins like tufted vetch? Well, a little after those bloomed, these came on the scene! Meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) could be called a sibling of the garden sweet pea, being from the same genus. You can even see it in the very similar shape of the flowers. It isn’t scented, but the bright yellow color makes it stand out from the rest of its kind. They don’t serve much purpose, other than to look pretty and be used occasionally for animal fodder. We only have one smallish patch of these, but I hope it spreads more on its own in the coming years — they make a pleasant addition to our wildflower collection and are good for bouquets, too.


  1. How long did it take you to grow them, and what stops them from growing? Mine haven’t grown in 4 weeks….

    • …vetchling? I really couldn’t say because they grow wild in our garden. If you mean sweet peas, then I am as stumped as you because those things seem to hate me 🙁 Probably something about not giving them the right soil and sun. One of these days, I’ll get them to live…

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