Apr. 7, 2021

pale vetchling, Lathyrus ochroleucus

Pale vetchling, here in the east, stands out from its relatives because it is white, or maybe a nice creamy shade. The rest of ours involve degrees of red and blue. And many of those are introduced, while pale vetchling is native. Out west you could find things more confused, with other pale species of Lathyrus. The Ojibwa ate the seeds and tubers, used the plant to settle their stomachs, and rubbed it on horses to make them fast in races. Pale vetchling AK, IA, ID, IL(T), IN(E), KY, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NJ(E), NY, OH(T), PA(T), SD, VT, WA, WI, WY, AB, BC, MB, NT, ON, QC, SK, and YT. Keweenaw Co MI, 7/12/14. Bean family, Fabaceae.