Lathyrus latifolius 'Rosa Perle'
everlasting sweet pea (syn. Pink Pearl)
August to late September racemes of pink pea flowers that please the butterflies -particularly Brimstones - though not fragrant they are summer-fresh when picked
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Ever popular, this plant is smothered in showy sprays of purplish-pink, sweet pea-like flowers from June to September among grey-green leaves. A vigorous, perennial climber, it looks lovely scrambling over a sunny wall, although it needs to be tied into supports. Unlike the annual sweet pea, it has no fragrance.
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted organic matter in the planting hole. Pinch out the shoot tips to encourage bushy growth and tie in new shoots to a support. Cut back the plant to ground level in early spring.
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Q:Do you sell perennial Sweet Peas?
I was just looking at your Sweet Peas and noted that they are annuals and will only last for one year..... I used to have Sweet Peas, but having had building work done, they are now under a few tons of concrete in my new drive........ however, they always came back every year and I never had to touch them with any sprays etc. Which Sweet Pea could it have been that came back every year? They were quite a strong pink in colour - any ideas as this is the one I want to buy? Many thanks, MaureenAsked on 3/29/2010 by Maureen
A:Hello Maureen, The Lathyrus latifolius are the perennial peas, and we do have one that is a dark pinkish red - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/lathyrus-latifolius-red-pearl/classid.3139/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/30/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What does 'pinching out' mean?
I would like to buy some Sweet Peas however, I'm not sure what the term 'pinching out the tips' means. Any clues on how you would do this?Asked on 3/29/2006 by Ms Sau Min Chang
A:Pinching out, simply means removing the growing tip of the plant. This encourages the plants to produce lateral shoots, which will result in bushier growth. All you need to do is nip out the top two leaves and growing point of each plant using your fingers or a small pair of scissors.Answered on 4/3/2006 by Crocus