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Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana'

Old-fashioned sweet pea

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana'

Plant details

Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana' is an old-fashioned sweet pea, bearing strongly scented maroon and purple flowers. It's perfect for growing in a sunny border and will quickly climb a trellis or obelisk. It can also be grown in containers.

For best results grow Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana' in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Provide support, and remove dead flowers regularly to prolong blooming.

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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