LATHYRUS odoratus 'Royal Family Mix' (Annual Sweet Pea, Large, Fragrant - Royal Family Mix) is a cultivar of the Annual Sweet Pea, scientifically known as Lathyrus odoratus. Lathyrus odoratus is native to the eastern Mediterranean region. 'Royal Family Mix' is a cultivated variety selected for its large flower size, fragrance, and diverse color range. It is commonly grown as an annual in temperate regions, completing its life cycle within one growing season.
Lathyrus odoratus 'Royal Family Mix' is an annual flowering plant that climbs or trails using tendrils. It features compound leaves and produces large, fragrant flowers. The 'Royal Family Mix' variety offers a mix of flower colors, including shades of pink, red, purple, and white. The flowers have a characteristic sweet scent and are often used in floral arrangements.
'Royal Family Mix' typically blooms from late spring to summer, offering a profusion of large, fragrant flowers. The exact blooming period may vary depending on local climate conditions and growing practices.
Annual Sweet Peas prefer full sun exposure but can tolerate partial shade. They grow best in well-drained, fertile soil enriched with organic matter. Regular watering is necessary to keep the soil consistently moist, particularly during dry periods. These plants are often grown on trellises, fences, or other support structures to allow the vines to climb.
Annual Sweet Peas like 'Royal Family Mix' can be propagated from seeds. Sow the seeds directly in the garden bed in early spring after the last frost date. Soaking the seeds in water overnight before planting can help improve germination rates. Provide support for the vines as they grow.
Lathyrus odoratus 'Royal Family Mix' is primarily grown for its large, fragrant flowers. The diverse mix of flower colors adds beauty and charm to garden beds, borders, and containers. The flowers are also valued for their use in cut flower arrangements, where their scent and colorful blooms create an appealing display.
Regular deadheading of spent flowers can encourage prolonged blooming. Providing support, such as trellises or netting, is essential for the vines to climb and prevent them from trailing on the ground. Adequate water and occasional fertilization with a balanced flower fertilizer can support healthy growth and flower production.
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Scientific Name: Lathyrus Odoratus
Common Name: Annual Sweet Pea – Royal Family Mix
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Italy
Height: 72-96 "
Spread: 12-18 "
Zone: USDA Hardiness 1-10
Exposure: Full sun
Blooming Season: Late Spring or Early Summer
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds
Flower Shape: Long stems with buttery shaped flowers
Flower Color: Mixed colors that include red, white, salmon, pink, lavender and purple
Resistant: Deer Resistant
Moisture: Moderate moisture
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Sandy, Loamy, Clay soil,
Soil pH: Slightly acidic (6.1 - 6.5), Neutral (6.6 - 7.3)
Uses: Cut Flowers, Showy, Borders and Beds, Ornamentals