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Lathyrus grandiflorus

Everlasting pea

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height1m to 1.65m
  • Spread0.15m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourPink, purple-red, white-green
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Lathyrus grandiflorus (Everlasting pea). A perennial originating from southern Italy. Growing to 2m tall. The leaves are terminating in a 3-branched tendril with leaflets to 5cm long. The flowers are racemes standard violet, the keel pink and the wings mauve showing during summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Two-flowered pea

Origin

N. Africa and S. America

Interest and use

Grown for their racemes of attractive flowers. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Sandy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You can plant these frost-hardy plants in fertile, well-drained soil with full sun. They will need staking. The annuals can be propagated from seeds in early summer or early autumn, and the perennials can be propagated from seeds in autumn or by division in spring.

Propagation

By seed the annuals (soaked before sowing) in early spring or early autumn, perennials by seed in autumn or by division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Botrytis, aphids and mildew may be problematic.

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