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Lathyrus odoratus

Sweet pea

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.5m to 2.5m
  • Spread0.5m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet pea). These are hardy annuals. They are grown for their large clusters of fragrant flowers that appear in early spring. The flowering clusters are followed by seed pods.

Characteristics

Annual, Fragrant

Origin

Sicily, Italy

Interest and use

Climbing, ornamental, fragrance, containers

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You can plant these frost-hardy plants in fertile, well-drained soil with full sun. They will need staking. Dead-heading will encourage more blooms.

Propagation

Sow these annuals in the garden in summer, or indoors in early spring or autumn. Make sure you soak the seeds overnight before planting this will ensure germination. Plant your seeds about 2in deep.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Botrytis, aphids and mildew may be problematic.

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