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Lathyrus vernus

Lathyrus vernus
spring vetch; everlasting sweet pea
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Lathyrus vernus

Common name spring vetch; everlasting sweet pea
Family fabaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers purple (spring)
Size 12-18"
Light sun-part shade
From seed scarify seed, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Establishing lathyrus vernus in our garden wasn't easy. Getting seedlings was not too problematic, but growing the small plants through their first summer was too large a hurdle on the first two tries. One plant of my third attempt survived, and proceeded to bloom in its third year. And it's worth it, for the rich purple-blue flowers above fresh green, very clean-looking leaves. Don't you love how those cheeky little flowers are chatting up the homely hellebore?

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'f. alboroseus' from HPS/MAG '01/'02 exchange. Soaked 24hr, baggy 70F (50%G, 15-19d)
  2. Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 40F (6w) - 70F (50%G, 3-60d; some scarification applied during this period)
  3. Seed from '06 trade. Scarified with sandpaper, baggy 70F (78%G, 14-20d)
  4. Seed for 'Rosenelfe' from NARGS '13/'14 exchange. Lightly sandpapered, baggy 70F (29%G, 16d)

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