Sweet pea Matucana

Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana'

Sweet pea Matucana - Lathyrus odoratus  'Matucana'

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

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

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


Masses of highly fragrant bi-coloured purple and red blooms appear from July to September adding colour and sweet perfume to the garden. This old-fashioned variety is renowned for its deliciously scented and very beautiful flowers. It was first introduced to Britain in 1700 and it's perfect for training over a wigwam of bamboo canes in a sunny well-drained site.

  • 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



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