Herb: Field Pea

Latin name: Pisum sativum arvense

Synonyms: Pisum arvense

Family: Leguminosae

Medicinal use of Field Pea:

The seed is contraceptive, fungistatic and spermacidal. The dried and powdered seed has been used as a poultice on the skin where it has an appreciable affect on many types of skin complaint including acne. The oil from the seed, given once a month to women, has shown promise of preventing pregnancy by interfering with the working of progesterone. The oil inhibits endometrial development. In trials, the oil reduced pregnancy rate in women by 60% in a 2 year period and 50% reduction in male sperm count was achieved.

Description of the plant:


2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

May to

Habitat of the herb:

Waste ground.

Edible parts of Field Pea:

Seed - cooked or sprouted and eaten raw. A good source of protein. The seeds of this sub-species tend to be of poorer quality than the species, being less rich in sugars. They are grown mainly for use when mature and dried. Young leaves - cooked.

Other uses of the herb:

Sometimes grown as a spring sown green manure, plants produce a good bulk and fix a large quantity of nitrogen.

Propagation of Field Pea:

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow it in situ from early to late spring. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.

Cultivation of the herb:

Waste ground.

Known hazards of Pisum sativum arvense:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.