Sweet pea Daphne

Lathyrus odoratus 'Daphne'

Sweet pea Daphne - Lathyrus odoratus  'Daphne'

Common Name: Sweet pea Daphne
Genus: Lathyrus
Species: odoratus
Cultivar: 'Daphne'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Lilac
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

The clear lavender flowers of this luscious sweet pea are a generous size - just like the more modern varieties; but they have a strong scent which is reminiscent of the old-fashioned types. Mix it with richer purples and plum tones to great effect.

  • Garden care:From October to late February sow seeds into deep pots or root trainers filled with a good-quality seed compost and place them in a cold frame. Pinch out the tips as the plants grow to encourage them to become bushier and produce more flowers and harden off before planting out in early April. Direct sowings can also be made in October or March. Before planting out incorporate lots of well-rotted organic matter in the planting hole. Apply a balanced liquid plant food every two weeks while in growth and deadhead regulary to encourage more flowers.

  • Sow: October-February or April

  • Flowering: June-September



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