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Sweet pea


Lathyrus selections

Sweet pea

Sweet peas are a gorgeous group of annual or perennial vines with colorful flowers. The annual types are the most common, and they bear large, often ruffled blooms in a rainbow of shades. Many are strongly fragrant, too -- so it's no wonder why they're such classic plants. Note: Though they're related to garden peas, sweet pea seeds are poisonous.

Light:
Sun
Zones:
6-9
Plant Type:
Annual,Perennial,Vine
Plant Height:
Climbs to 8 feet
Plant Width:
Climbs to 8 feet
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Fragrant,Cut Flowers,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Lathyrus odoratus 'America' bears ivory-white flowers streaked with crimson red. It's strongly fragrant and climbs to 5 feet. This heirloom annual was introduced in 1896.
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Lathyrus odoratus 'Appleblossom' bears fragrant pink blooms flushed with white. This annual climbs to 6 feet.
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Lathyrus odoratus 'Black Knight' is an heirloom from 1898 with rich burgundy-purple flowers. This annual climbs to 6 feet.
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Lathyrus odoratus 'Chatsworth' shows off silvery-lavender fragrant blooms. This annual climbs to 5 feet.
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Lathyrus odoratus 'Cupani' is an especially fragrant heirloom from 1699 that bears burgundy and violet flowers on a bushy plant that climbs to 6 feet. It's an annual.
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Lathyrus odoratus 'King Edward VII' bears strongly fragrant crimson-red flowers on a 6-foot vine. This selection is an heirloom from 1903, and it's an annual.
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Lathyrus odoratus 'Lipstick' displays bright red flowers. This annual climbs to 6 feet.
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Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana' is an heirloom with fragrant rich-purple flowers. This annual climbs to 4 feet.
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Lathyrus odoratus 'Miss Truslove' presents pale mauve blooms with strong stems. This annual climbs to 6 feet.
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Lathyrus latifolius bears pinkish-purple flowers from summer to early fall. It climbs to 8 feet. Zones 5-9
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Lathyrus odoratus 'White Supreme' bears large white flowers on strong stems. This annual climbs to 6 feet.
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