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Lathyrus: sensual summer flower

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by PSF • Friday July 15, 2016

From white to pink, from light blue to deep purple, Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea) is a charming flower with a sparkling colour palette. The old fashioned, sweet perfume teases the nose but in a pleasant way. If you could but bottle the perfume to get you through winter…Special vases have been designed for this flower, by Copier as well as others, to indicate how extraordinary Lathyrus is.

Sweet Pea

Lathyrus belongs to the legume family (Leguminosae) and its English name is Sweet Pea. Odoratus means ‘beautiful perfume’ and obviously refers to the perfume of the flower.

Behind the scenes

Have you ever wondered how Lathyrus grows? The crop can grow to three metres high and requires support in the form of string or gauze. On a Lathyrus nursery you will find long rows of fresh green crop with here and there, flowers in stunning colours. It also smells lovely and sweet!

Lathyrus care tips

Lathyrus is available from March to July. White Lathyrus is also available later on in the year. The flowers can’t cope with dry conditions so make sure they always have enough water. Don’t put too much water in the vase or bucket (max. 3 cm) so as to avoid infection. Lathyrus is sensitive to ethylene so do not place the flowers near to the fruit bowl!

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2 comments

  • Robert J. Robert J. We always grow sweet peas and like the original sweet pea introduced from Sicily in 1699 the variety is CUPANI.
    Friday July 25, 2014 at 21:23
  • sue t. sue t. lookingforbaloonflower
    Thursday July 31, 2014 at 18:04

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