Height: 1-4' (30-120cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: White, orange, red, pink, mauve, blue, purple ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder) Order: Fabales (Bean Order) Family: Papilionaceae (Pea Family) Genus: Lathyrus (Sweet Pea) Species: odoratus (perfumed) ____________________________________
Lathyrus odoratus has always been one of everyone's favourite annuals. It is a climber, happy to scramble over fences and bushes, or up sticks and obelisks to form a neat pyramid of colour. Its winged flowers sometimes have fluted petals, with three to six flowers on each firm stem. They are welcome indoors for their perfume.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Inside or Outside
Any time of year
Deno (2-5 days)
Seed Pod The seed pod is a slightly fuzzy pea pod, opening into two halves along the sides,
often curling as they open.
Seed The seeds are dark brown woody peas. There are several seeds in each seedpod.
Seedling The first shoot is long and thin, followed by a pair of rounded leaflets.
Seeds often germinate faster if the seedcoat is nicked slightly and the seed soaked in warm water
(You can check the meaning of any technical terms new to you in the Botany section of the site)
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