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|Botanical Name:||Lathyrus odoratus|
|Height:||dwarf types 8" to 20 "; climbing vines 6' to 9'|
|Soil:||nutrient-rich, well-drained soil|
|Bloom Time:||late spring to early summer|
|Flower:||variety of colors|
|Suggested Use:||beds, borders, and wildflower plantings|
|Growing Hints:|| Sow seeds directly where they are to grow. Place them 6 inches apart and 1 to 1 _ inches deep. Soak seeds for 24 hours prior to planting to speed germination. Purchased seedlings should be spaced from 3 to 4 inches apart. |
Deadhead spent flowers for continuous blooming until leaving some for self-seeding the end of summer. If soil is high in nutrients, fertilizer should not be necessary. Over fertilization will result in poor flowering. Climbing varieties grow rapidly when given support.
|Interesting Facts:||Sweet Peas can survive frost and snow. So can their relatives the "Snow Peas", which is how they got their name. Sweet Peas are also popular with birds and a variety of insects, including butterflies.|