LATHYRUS odoratus 'High Scent' (Annual Sweet Pea, Very Fragrant - High Scent) is another variety of sweet pea, known for its exceptionally fragrant flowers. 'High Scent' is an annual sweet pea variety, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year. It is a popular choice among gardeners due to its strong fragrance.
This variety of sweet pea typically grows to a height of about 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) at maturity. It is a climbing plant that requires support, such as trellises or fences, for its vines to grow and twine around.
'High Scent' sweet peas produce beautiful flowers in a variety of colors, including shades of pink, purple, blue, white, and red. What sets this variety apart is its strong and captivating fragrance, which is highly sought after by gardeners and flower enthusiasts.
Sweet peas, including the 'High Scent' variety, thrive in full sun but can tolerate some light shade. They prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Adequate air circulation and regular watering are essential for healthy growth and blooming.
Sweet peas are usually grown from seeds. You can start the seeds indoors a few weeks before the last frost date and transplant the seedlings outdoors, or directly sow the seeds in the ground after the danger of frost has passed. Soaking the seeds in water for a few hours before planting can help with germination. Provide support for the plants to climb as they grow. Regular watering, especially during dry periods, and applying a balanced fertilizer every few weeks can promote healthy growth and flowering.
To encourage continuous blooming, deadheading the faded flowers is recommended. This process involves removing the spent flowers to prevent seed formation and encourage the plant to produce more blooms. Additionally, providing a trellis or other support structure for the vines to climb will help keep the plants neat and organized. Sweet peas typically bloom during the spring and early summer months. However, the exact blooming period may vary depending on your location and local climate conditions.
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Scientific Name: Lathyrus Odoratus
Common Name: Annual Sweet Pea – High Scent
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Southwest Italy and Sicily
Height: 47 "
Spread: 36-48 "
Zone: USDA Hardiness 6 and higher
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer
Toxic: Cats, Dogs, Horses
Attracts: Bees and Butterflies
Flower Color: White with purple edges
Resistant: Deer Resistant
Water Requirement: Needs regular watering in pots
Soil Type: Well-drained
Soil pH: Neutral, Slightly Alkaline
Uses: Widely introduced as an ornamental, Borders, Cut Flowers