Lathyrus latifolius 'White Pearl'
everlasting sweet pea
- 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 clusters of pure white, sweet pea-like flowers from June to September among grey-green leaves. A vigorous, perennial climber, it looks lovely scrambling over a sunny wall or through a hedge or evergreen shrub, although initially 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. It will self-seed but not necessarily come true, so it is best to deadhead any pods. Cut back the plant to ground level in early spring.
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Q:planted perennial white sweetpea two years ago and it appeared to be flourishing. Cut it down to ground level in the autumn last year.so far there is no sign of it growing. Any ideas why this has happened? ThanksAsked on 7/5/2015 by Spiderplant from Sunderland
What a shame! It is difficult to say with any certainty what could have happened, but we have had a particularly dry start to the year, so it may simply have dried out. I would not give up on it just yet though, but give it another couple of weeks before digging it up.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
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 29/3/2010 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 30/3/2010 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 29/3/2006 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 3/4/2006 by Crocus
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