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Lentil

Lens esculenta

Also known as

Pulse, Split Pea, Masur, Tills

Lentil plants by ChriKo (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

More images of Lentil

An Lens esculenta plant with green leaves and white flowers
A pile of lentils from a Lens esculenta plant

Lentil Overview

Lens esculenta is a plant in the Fabaceae family (Fabaceae) of legumes, peas and beans. It has characteristic edible seeds which are commonly known as lentils or pulses. They are consumed across the world as food, particularly this species and Lens culinaris. It is an annual, herbaceous plant with a climbing habit. Foliage is pinnately divided and it produces small, pea-like white to pink-purple flowers. Flowers lead onto small, flattened seed pods containing 1-2 seeds which are shaped like lenses, hence the genus name Lens. Typically these plants grow to under half a metre in height and spread. Lentils are historically one of the oldest domesticated crops.

Common problems with Lentil

Lentil Companion Plants

Avoid planting lentils near onions or garlic.

How to propagate Lentil

Seed

Self-pollinating.

Special features of Lentil

Pot plant

May be grown in containers, planting multiple plants together in a pot is reccomended to produce a practical yield.