Genus: Lathyrus

Lathyrus

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
(Lathyrus)
LATH-ih-rus
Fabaceae
Lathyrus is a genus of 150 species of annuals and perennials, including the beloved sweet pea ( L. odoratus ). The flowers are pea-like, often sweetly scented, and come in many colors, from white to near black. Many species climb with tendrils. Grow on a trellis, through shrubs, on a bank, or in a rock garden, woodland garden, or border.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Showy, pea-like flowers that are often fragrant. Seeds are mildly toxic.
Care:  Site in full sun or light shade in fertile, organically rich, well-drained soil. Provide support if necessary and deadhead regularly.
Propagation: 

Before sowing, soak seeds in water and then plant in a cold frame in early spring, or sow annual seed in the garden in mid-spring. Divide perennials in early spring.

Problems: 

Pythium root rot, powdery mildew, rust, gray mold, and various leaf spots are common. Slugs and snails may prey on new growth.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Lathyrus

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Sweet pea
Lathyrus odoratus and cvs.
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Tangier pea
Lathyrus tingitanus