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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 11, 2017 4:22 AM CST
In the lot beside my house there are perennial sweet peas which come up every year. Most are magenta but some of them invariably have blue patches and one or two are sometimes mostly or completely blue.

Here are a couple of pictures.

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They are difficult-to-photograph because they are in a sharp curve and I live in an area without sidewalks where, if you were standing there when a car comes by, you would be likely to get hit.

That is why I took the pictures at sunrise on a Sunday morning, because it was the safest time when there was actually daylight.

My question: is this normal for these peas?

I have seen the magenta perennial sweet peas my entire life but last summer was the first time I saw these blue ones and this summer is the first time I thought to take a picture.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 11, 2017 5:08 PM CST
Hi Jai,

Its a color break, caused by.... genetics? A virus? A lot of color breaks are virus caused.

My question for you is are you sure that's a perennial Sweet Pea? It looks like a Vetch to me. The leaves seem small and the stems are wrong.
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plantladylin
Jun 11, 2017 5:19 PM CST
It looks a lot like American vetch (Vicia americana)
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Container Gardener Region: West Virginia Multi-Region Gardener Garden Photography Amaryllis Zinnias
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 11, 2017 11:31 PM CST
It is growing intertwined with vetch.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 12, 2017 9:35 AM CST
Jai_Ganesha said: It is growing intertwined with vetch.


That is good to hear. Smiling

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