Sweet Pea
Lathyrus odoratus 'America'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lathyrus (LAY-thy-russ) (Info)
Species: odoratus (oh-dor-AY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: America
Hybridized by Morse-Vaughn
Registered or introduced: 1896

Category:

Vines and Climbers

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Norcross, Georgia

New Iberia, Louisiana

Windsor, Vermont

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 5, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

First offered in the U.S. in 1896 by Morse-Vaughn.

Positive

On Sep 7, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Lathyrus odoratus 'America'is an heirloom variety from the late 1800's. The blooms are very sweet smelling and pinkish white with rose marbeling. It is a late bloomer.

Plant seeds outdoors after last frost in cooler climates, 1" deep, 2" apart. In warm climates, seeds can be planted in the fall. When seedlings are up, thin to 3" apart. If starting indoors, allow 4-6 weeks before setting out. Soaking seed can hasten germination. Germination: 10-15 days.