Chickling Vetch (Lathyrus sativus)

Warm Season

Chickling Vetch is an upright annual legume that fixes a large amount of nitrogen under drier conditions than clovers. It has excellent drought tolerance. Shade tolerance is not the best, so it needs to be grown in a more open canopy. It tolerates spring frosts well so it can be seeded early in the spring.

Seeds/pound: 2,500 Seeds/sq ft/pound of seed: 0.06


  • Nitrogen builder
  • Erosion control
  • Weed suppression
  • Pollinator attracter
  • Green manure


  • Drought tolerance
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Can be seeded early spring


If seed is consumed in high amounts, it may cause paralysis. It is not a concern if only part of a blend.


Can be grazed. Watch amount in the blend, or graze before it flowers.


Can be hayed. Watch amount in the blend or cut before or as it starts flowering.

Mycorrhizal support? Yes