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Sweet Peas: Lathyrus odoratus 'Watermelon'

Botanical name: Lathyrus odoratus 'Watermelon'

Common name: sweet-pea

also known as (vetchling)

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Photo credit: Renee's Garden
Sweet Peas: Lathyrus odoratus 'Watermelon'
Sweet Peas: Lathyrus odoratus 'Watermelon'
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 8a thru 11a

poisonous, climber

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description for "Sweet Peas: Lathyrus odoratus 'Watermelon'"

This lovely old variety, a true English Spencer sweet-pea, combines graceful form, beautiful color and delicious subtle perfume. It's difficult to do justice to their lovely color except to describe it as a shade in between fresh cut watermelon and ripe rosy peaches. These perfectly formed, alluring flowers are borne on long stems on strong vigorous vines. When you gather a bouquet of these entrancing blossoms, they will make all your senses dance in delight! Sweet-peas bloom best before the weather gets too hot, so if spring planting, sow as early as possible. In regions where summer heat comes on fast, they'll appreciate a spot with afternoon shade. Anchor climbing supports well as these vines will grow dense and heavy with bloom. Protect seedlings from birds, slugs and snails, especially if fall planting. Mulch and keep well-watered for best flower production. For longest bloom, pick flowers often and keep faded blossoms cut. - edited by dtd pbcouchman

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