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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.

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
Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Geography

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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