Although no records of toxicity have been found for this plant, the seed of some species in this genus contain a toxic amino acid that can cause a severe disease of the nervous system known as 'lathyrism' if they are eaten in large amounts (although small quantities are said to be nutritious)
. Great caution is advised.
Seed - cooked
. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Root - cooked
. This plant is an annual, an edible root has not as yet been noticed.
There are no material uses listed for Lathyrus ochrus.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Lathyrus ochrus.
Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in early spring in a cold frame
. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
If you have sufficient seed, then it can also be sown in situ in mid spring
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An easily grown plant, succeeding in any moderately good garden soil but preferring a position in full sun
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby
. When removing plant remains at the end of the growing season, it is best to only remove the aerial parts of the plant, leaving the roots in the ground to decay and release their nitrogen.
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Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Lathyrus ochrus. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Lathyrus ochrus.
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