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Flatpea (Lathyrus sylvestris L.)


  • Yield based on 1 harvest/season
  • Seeding rate: 30-35 lbs pure live seed/acre
  • Seeding date: spring, late summer, or early fall
  • Seed inoculation is essential
  • For erosion control on roadbanks, logging roads, dams, gravel pits, surface mine spoil, and industrial waste areas
  • Should be sown with fast-growing grass such as tall fescue


  • adapted to a wide range of shallow, droughty acid soils
  • good shade tolerance
  • deep-rooted and persistent, once established
  • restricts the growth of woody plants


  • slow to germinate and grow the first year
  • not adapted to wet soils

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