Lotus purpureus

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Lotus purpureus
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Genus: Lotus
L. purpureus
Binomial name
Lotus purpureus
  • Lotus arborescens Lowe ex Cout.
  • Lotus bollei Christ
  • Lotus candidissimus A.Chev.
  • Lotus coronillifolius Webb
  • Lotus hirtulus Lowe ex Cout.

Lotus purpureus, known as asparagus-pea[2] or winged pea, is an annual leguminous herb native to the countries around the Mediterranean, although introduced elsewhere.[1] It is low growing, and produces a profusion of prominent deep red flowers, followed by seed pods that are longitudinally winged.

Botanical illustration

It is cultivated for its edible green seed pods, which are one of the vegetables known as asparagus pea or winged pea.


  1. ^ a b c "Lotus purpureus Webb". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2022-07-17.
  2. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.