Vetchling, Sweet-Pea, Queen of The Annuals
Lathyrus odoratus is also known by the names Queen of the Annuals and Sweet Pea. This plant is well known for the enchantingly scented and beautiful flowers in varying colours including white, pink and purple shades. There are several varieties including climbing (which are grown up canes), as well as bush and dwarf. The Sweet Pea gained wide popularity in the Victorian era and it still makes a charming addition to spring and summer gardens. It is also a long-lasting and lovely cut flower.
Pick flowers regularly in spring and summer. This will encourage the plant to produce more blooms.
Sweet peas are best sown in autumn or spring. To help them germinate, soak the seeds overnight to soften their outer coats. It is vital to prepare your soil well. Turn the soil over to a depth of 30cm and add plenty of compost. In the well-prepared soil make holes 2-3cm deep and about 10-15cm apart. Drop seeds in and press down firmly on soil. Keep moist until they start sprouting.
Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Southern Italy, Sicily, Aegean Islands
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
This is a must for any spring garden, beautiful flowers with strong fragrance and long lasting in the vase.
Varieties have been bred as cut flowers, with longer stem lengths.
Purple, Black, Red, Multicoloured, White, Pink, Cream
Plant with spring annuals and small shrubs.