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Lathyrus odoratus 'Royal Wedding'

Sweet pea

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

White-flowered sweet pea, 'Royal Wedding' is one of Graham Rice's favourite annuals. The scented, wavy blooms of this annual climber are held on long stems, making them perfect for cut flowers. Like all sweet peas, they are easy to grow. Simply sow in pots in autumn or early spring, or outdoors where they are to flower in mid-spring. Train them up a support, such as netting or a wigwam of canes. They produce curly tendrils to attach themselves to their support so they do not need to be tied in after they are initially planted. Water well in dry weather. As an annual, they last only one year and will need to be sown from seed each spring.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Lathyrus

Species: odoratus

Cultivar: Royal Wedding

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: White

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: 240cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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