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Lathyrus odoratus is thought to be the original sweet pea, and from this many of today’s cultivars have been developed. It is intensely perfumed with two-tone maroon and purple blooms. It can be trained as cordons on canes for high-quality blooms, or allowed to scramble freely to make a colourful screen. Plants need a cool moist root run, helped by mulching after planting, and regular watering in dry weather. Lathyrus odoratus 'Katie Alice' produces mauve flowers.
Cultivar: Katie Alice
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, Dry
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: September to May
Flowering period: May to September
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