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Lathyrus vernus (Herbaceous Sweet Pea, Lathyrus)

Lathyrus vernus (Herbaceous Sweet Pea, Lathyrus)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Red Flowers (Summer early), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Lathyrus vernus Description

This low growing perennial sweet pea is a classic cottage garden plant, where it grown among other . It grows fast and flowers swiftly right through the summer, producing masses of scented burgundy blossom that is best enjoyed from supported trellis or cane structures.


Lathyrus vernus - Cultivation Notes

This relatively compact perennial sweet pea will grow on most decent water retentive soils, ideally in a sheltered spot in full sun or part shade. This sweet pea is grown as herbaceous plant so is cut back annually and mulch during the winter months.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Lathyrus vernus:

  • Scented blossom
  • Suitable for container growing

Weaknesses of Lathyrus vernus

  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Lathyrus vernus:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
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Common Missspellings: Lathirus, Latthyris, Lathyris

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