Sweet Pea
Lathyrus odoratus 'Painted Lady'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lathyrus (LAY-thy-russ) (Info)
Species: odoratus (oh-dor-AY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Painted Lady

Category:

Annuals

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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:

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Richmond, California

Crown Point, New York

Orrville, Ohio

Houston, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 12, 2009, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

good winter grower here and good to save seeds on too--you should only ever have to buy seeds one time; a super easy annual to grow--and it is highly scented

Neutral

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

According to the SSE catalog, this sweetpea was discovered in the 1730's, growing in a planting of 'Cupani'. It is also the very first bi-color. Blooms over a long period of time and is very prolific. 5-6 ft tall annual.

Positive

On Aug 7, 2006, WesternWilson from Tsawwassen, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I think one of the prettiest sweet peas and its fragrance is lovely. Grows well in coastal BC, Canada.