Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 3 to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Cultivars come in colors of purple, red, pink, lavender, white and bi-color.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Fruit is poisonous
Other: Handling plant may cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Conservation status: Near Threatened (NT)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Near Threatened

Garden Tours:  Valleylynn, Lynn SmithGarden Tours: Valleylynn, Lynn Smith
By Sharon on November 12, 2011

Let's take a trip this week to Oregon and visit the lovely gardens created by Lynn Smith and her husband, Cliff. It's always fun to step out of our own climate to see what grows well in another, and sometimes it's even more fun to see what our climates have in common. You are going to love what you see!

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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2016-02-28First bloom of the season
By JulieB
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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2016-03-06
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-03-21
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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On February 9, 2018 Seeds sown
WG 2013 seeds frt bed
piksihk On February 2, 2018 Seeds sown
Old seeds 2013; Doreen K. Unknown color
piksihk On June 21, 2014 Bloomed
one dk purple bloom
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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ID question by janinilulu Oct 25, 2020 8:11 AM 1
sweet peas grown from a kit by Debbles Jul 10, 2020 4:26 PM 4
2020 Vegetable Gardening by Newyorkrita Dec 3, 2020 2:16 PM 3,201
Seeds collected 2018 by piksihk Sep 24, 2018 8:44 PM 16
Does anyone know what kind of plant this is? by Iansuski Jun 15, 2017 6:15 PM 8
White Flower Border by evelyninthegarden May 13, 2019 11:19 PM 88
2017 Wintersown by Coppice Mar 3, 2017 6:12 PM 78
What's going on in our Spring Vegetable Gardens? by Newyorkrita May 26, 2014 10:32 AM 816
New to me - seed company - great germination rates! by chelle Mar 4, 2012 9:07 AM 17

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