Sweet pea

Lathyrus odoratus and cvs.

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus and cvs.)
LATH-ih-rus oh-dor-AY-tus
Genus:  Lathyrus

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.

Care: 

Sow 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.

Propagation: 

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

Problems: 

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

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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