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Lathyrus odoratus/Sweet Pea

Lathyrus odoratus / Lathyrus odoratus
Spring flowers in a rich array of colors
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Spring flowers in a rich array of colors

Close-up image of several flowers

Early spring flowers and foliage

Repeat blooming until temperatures reach about 80 degrees

Flowers, buds and foliage

Sweet peas vines grow on some type of support structures like stakes or fencing

Among the most fragrant of all flowers

Fragrant pink flowers

Each stem may have several flowers

Beautiful red flowers in early April

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Scientific Name: Lathyrus odoratus
Common Name: Sweet Pea
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Annuals for the Cool or Cold Season
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: This vining annual produces an abundance of flowers in colors from white, to pink, to red, to blue, to purple and bicolored ones. The fragrant flowers are at production peak in the cool season. In the deep south they are planted in November, and in spring in the north.