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Sweet pea bouquet
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Zone
Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
Full Sun
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Toxicity
Seeds contain toxic amino acids.

Lathyrus odoratus

Sweet Pea
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Annuals, Vines, Flowers

LATHYRUS

In this group is one of the best-known garden flowers, the delightfully fragrant and colorful sweet pea.

The flower of the sweet pea is typical of the many members of the pea family (Fabaceae). Each flower has one large, upright, roundish petal (banner or standard), two narrow side petals (wings), and two lower petals that are somewhat united, forming a boat-shaped structure (keel).

Lathyrus odoratus
Lathyrus odoratus

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Lathyrus odoratus

Native to the Mediterranean region. Blooms in winter, spring, or summer, bearing many spikelike clusters of crisp-looking flowers with a clean, sweet perfume.

Blossoms come in single and mixed colors. Mixes include deep rose, blue, purple, scarlet, white, cream, salmon, bicolors.

Vining types grow to 5 ft. or more; bush kinds grow 8 in. to 3 ft. tall. Sweet peas make magnificent cut flowers in quantity.

Vine types grow to 5 ft.

Bush types from 8 in. to 3 ft.

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