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Lathyrus tingitanus

Lathyrus tingitanus

Tangier pea
Synonym(s) Lathyrus coruscans
Common name Tangier pea
Family fabaceae
Life cycle tender perennial?
Flowers bright purple
Light sun-part shade
From seed soak, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly August

Climber, much like the familiar sweet peas. Online sources conflict on the life cycle, but I figure it won't be back next year, so I'm enjoying it this year! Very rich purple flowers on plants climbing up our patio fence. The seed pods are interesting too, angular with burgundy ribs.
Started indoors in late March, they sport their first flowers in early June, and continue blooming through July.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from trade '03. Nicked with knife, soaked 24 hours. Baggy 70F (100%G, 3d)
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Nicked half of the seeds, soak all 24 hours. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4d)
  3. Seed from '05 garden. Soak 1d, baggy 70F (100%G, 4-8d)
  4. Seed from '06 garden. Soak 1d, baggy 70F (100%G, 3-6d)

Nicking appears not to be necessary, at least not with reasonably fresh seed.

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