Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Lathyrus odoratus, Old Spice Series, Sweet Pea

Common Name: Sweet Pea

Family: Fabaceae

Genus: Lathyrus

Species: odoratus

Cultivar or Variety: Old Spice Series

Characteristics: This is an annual cultivar although there are perennial ones available. Long blooming and fragrant with blooms that go through most of the summer and make great cuttung flowers. This is a cultivar for makign that old-fashioned, cottage garden look.

Life Cycle
Annual

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8

Endangered Species
No

Heirloom
No

When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring

Germination Temperature
60-70 F

Seed Sowing Depth
1/16"

Seed Needs Light to Germinate
Yes

Days to Germination
7-10 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Part Sun/ Part Shade

Plant Height
10 - 12 inches

Plant Form
Vining
Upright
Branching

Blooms
Yes

Bloom Form
Above Foliage
Level with Foliage

Flower Color
White
Lt. Pink
Dark Red
Blue

Fragrance
Mild
Perfumed

Nutritional Needs
Moist
Dry

Fertile
Yes

Reproduces By
Seed

Cutting Flower
Yes

Attractive to Wildlife
Butterflies

Additional Uses
Containers
Borders
Hanging Baskets
Planters

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