A picture of a Lentil

Lentil

Lens spp.

Also known as

Pulse, Split Pea, Masur, Tills

Lens culinaris flowers close-up by ChriKo (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

More images of Lentil

Some green leaves and pink white flowers of a Lens culinaris plant
Some green leaves of a Lens culinaris plant
A pile of lentils

Lentil Overview

Lens is a genus in the Fabaceae family (Fabaceae) of legumes, peas and beans. Species in this genus have characteristic edible seeds which are commonly known as lentils or pulses. They are consumed across the world as food, particularly the species Lens culinaris and Lens esculenta. This genus contains around 5 annual plants, however this number is debated and scientific studies are ongoing. These plants are herbaceous climbers with pinnately divided foliage and small, pea-like white to pink-purple flowers. Flowers lead onto small, flattened seed pods containing 1-2 seeds which are shaped like lenses. 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.

Other uses of Lentil

Culinary