Creamy Peavine or Cream Pea

Lathyrus ochroleucus

Creamy Peavine

APPEARANCE

The creamy peavine reaches 0.3 to one metres in height and it is a climbing plant. The flowers of the creamy peavine are white to yellowish white and they cluster on the plant in bunches of 6 to 15.

RANGE & HABITAT

They are found in the open woods and can tolerate moist to dry conditions in northern B.C., the southern part of the North West Territories, and east to Ontario. They are more common in mixed forests with deciduous and coniferous trees as opposed to just coniferous forests.

LIFE CYCLE

The fruit of the creamy peavine opens in late summer and appears as hairless pods. As the fruit ages the pods turn brown and twist open. They are perennial plants in this habitat.

ANIMAL USES

Livestock animals will eat this type of plant if they can find it. It can be poisoning when eaten in large quantities however so it is to be only used with caution.

TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES

Mosses had many uses with first nations groups. They were used as a dishcloth, a stuffing for mattresses and pillows and to line cradles and bags. Moss was mixed with pitch in canoe construction and with mud to build log cabins.

MODERN USES

Farmers use this plant as a natural fodder to feed their livestock animals.

STATUS

COSEWIC: Not at Risk
CDC: Yellow

MORE INFORMATION

www.borealforest.org

Photo: Carolannie-slowreturn