Sweet Pea

Lathyrus odoratus

Vetchling

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Also known as "Queen of the Annuals" sweet peas are well known for their enchanting fragrance and beautiful flowers which vary in color from white to pink to purple. There are several varieties including climbing (which are grown up canes), as well as bush and dwarf. The sweet pea, which gained wide popularity in the Victorian era, makes a charming addition to a spring and summer garden and is a long-lasting cut flower.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Pick flowers regularly in spring and summer. This will encourage the plant to produce more blooms.

Propagation

Seed

Turn soil over to a depth of 30cm. Add plenty of compost.In the well prepared soil make holes 6cm deep in warmer weather or 2cm when cooler. Drop seeds in and press down firmly on soil. Keep moist.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Special features

Origin

Southern Italy, Sicily, Aegean Islands

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Ornamental

This is a must for any spring garden, beautiful flowers with strong fragrance and long lasting in the vase.

Cut flowers

Varieties have been bred as cut flowers, with longer stem lengths.

Personality

Family

Leguminosae

Flower colour

Bicolour, Black, Burgandy, Cream, Purples, Pink, White, Red

Scent

Strong

Companion plants

Plant with spring annuals and small shrubs.
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