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A low-growing, bushy plant with long, narrow leaves and purple pea flowers, more like a decorative vetch. The flowers are produced in clusters at the tips of wiry stems set against the foliage. Grow plants in a rich but well-drained border, between later flowering plants that will spread to fill the gap left by the lathyrus when it dies down soon after flowering, in late midsummer. Alternatively, grow on a bank among low ground-covering plants. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Dark green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: September to November
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