Everlasting Pea

Europe, North Africa

General description

Scrambling perennial herbaceous vine. Stems are hairless and winged. Leaves are alternate, smooth and compound, with a pair of leaflets borne on a winged petiole. Flowers are purple/pink/magenta and borne in racemes in September – May. Seed pods are flattened, green maturing to brown and split open into curled segments.

What you need to know

Although everlasting pea is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Open areas, urban areas, disturbed sites, gardens, wasteland, roadsides.

Seeds dispersed by explosive dehiscence. Vegetative spread from rhizomes. Human-mediated dispersal through deliberate plantings.

Can form dense infestations and smother native vegetation. Nitrogen fixer.

Site Management

Remove all fruits/pods to prevent seeding. Requires regular follow up.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Pull out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with glyphosate gel
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
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