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Sweet Peas

Lathyrus odoratus. Sicilian natives, these nostalgic heirlooms have the pleasant, sweet fragrance of honey and oranges. Sweet Peas are hardy annuals that prefer cool, moist growing conditions. Large clusters of dainty flowers are borne on graceful vines that crave the support of a trellis, fence or secure netting. Soak the seeds for 24 to 48 hours prior to direct sowing outdoors in rich soil as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. Or start as transplants 4 to 6 weeks prior to moving outside. In areas with milder winters, Sweet Peas may also be started in the late fall for early spring blossoms. A prized cut-flower, Sweet Peas love to be cut and groomed for increased flower production. Hardy annual. Spring flowering. Height: 6' to 8' .

Average seed life: 2 years.

**There is evidence that Sweet Pea flowers, if ingested in large quantities, can be toxic. Edible Pea flowers, on the other hand, are entirely edible. Find a full selection of Edible Pea varieties HERE.**

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Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips: Days of Vines and Roses
If you’re looking for a great trellis on which to grow an annual vine, consider a sturdy, well-established climbing rose. The thorny canes provide excellent support, and won’t mind a little competition. Since the vines will come into their glory later in the season, they’ll add color to a rose that has finished its main flush of bloom. But any overlap will produce handsome combinations as well: Hyacinth Bean or Sweet Peas with a pale pink New Dawn rose, or blue Morning Glories with your favorite yellow-flowered climber.

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