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Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana'

Old-Fashioned Sweet Pea

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Scented flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (145401)

Plant details

Sweet peas are the nation's favourite annuals, and they are divided into the modern Spencer types and the old-fashioned sorts that include 'Matucana'. This variety is close to the wild plant and has strongly scented maroon and purple flowers. Grow in fertile, well-drained soil and in full sun. Provide support, and remove dead flowers regularly.

Family: Fabaceae/Papilionaceae

Genus: Lathyrus

Species: odoratus

Cultivar: Matucana

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: October to March

Flowering period: July to October


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