The Q&A Archives: Sweet Peas Won't Come Up Next Year????

Question: I was disappointed to get my packet of Sweet Pea seeds through the mail and see that they were annuals. I planted some when I was little and they came up again every year. Do they reseed themselves? I won't waste my time with them if they are annuals. What do I do?

Answer: Lathyrus latifolius is a perennial sweet pea and also reseeds freely. (L. odoratus is the more commonly known sweet pea, which is an annual and may reseed if conditions are right.) A web search showed the following have offered seeds for the perennial type.

Midwest Wildflowers ($1.00 catalog) Box 64 Rockton, IL USA 61072 Telephone 815-624-7040

Stock Seed Farms, Inc. 28008 Mill Road Murdock, NE USA 68407-2350 Telephone 800-759-1520

Fragrant Path ($2.00) P.O. Box 328 Fort Calhoun, NE USA 68023

Perennial Pleasures Nursery ($3.00) 63 Brickhouse Road, P.O. Box147 East Hardwick, VT USA 05836 Telephone 802-472-5104

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