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Forage Identification: Winter pea

Department of Plant Sciences

Winter pea or Austrian winter pea (Pisum sativum L.)

Very winter hardy. Well drained loam and sandy loam soil. Intolerant of highly acid soils.


Winter pea

Growth Habitat:
Viney winter annual with stems 2 to 4 feet long.

Plant Characteristics: 
Alternate leaflets with toothed margins. Flowers are pink, purple or white. 

Seed Characteristics:
Round shape. Yellow-greenish color.

Winter pea seeds

Important Identifying Characteristics:
Viney stems two to four feet long.

Primary Uses:
Silage and green manure. High nutritive quality.

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