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Lathyrus odoratus 'Katie Alice'

Sweet pea

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Scented flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

Lathyrus odoratus 'Katie Alice'

Plant details

Lathyrus odoratus is thought to be the original sweet pea, and from this many of today’s cultivars have been developed. It's 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.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Lathyrus

Species: odoratus

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Flowering period: May to September


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