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Sweet pea

Lathyrus odoratus and cvs.

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This annual climber has winged stems and deliciously fragrant, ruffled blossoms. Many cultivars exist with varying bloom color (solid, mixed, or bicolor), size, and climbing habit.

CareSow seed in cool weather in rich soil with excellent drainage. Requires sufficient space for good air circulation. Plant in fall in areas with mild winters and hot summers. Provide support.

PropagationSow seed in containers in a cold frame or in situ in early spring. Pre-soak or chip seed to hasten germination.

ProblemsPythium root rot, powdery mildew, rust, gray mold, birds, slugs, snails, aphids, and thrips.

  • Genus : Lathyrus
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Uses : Containers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red, White
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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