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Lathyrus odoratus 'Painted Lady'

Old-Fashioned Sweet Pea

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Scented flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Christina Bollen, copyright GAP Photos (192099)

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 this delicate, pretty bloom. This is one of the oldest sweet peas of all, grown in the UK since the early 18th century. The blooms are strongly scented and bi-coloured, with pink petals. Sweet pea seeds can be sown in pots in autumn and overwintered in a cold frame, but they can also be sown directly into the ground in late spring/early summer.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Lathyrus

Species: odoratus

Cultivar: Painted Lady

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: October to March


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