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propagating perennials: Lathyrus latifolius-Everlasting Sweet Pea
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lathyrus latifolius-Everlasting Sweet Pea

There is no need to propagate perennial sweet pea because some considerate invasive if you don’t deadhead because each plant will drop 100 seeds in a growing season so this is best planted away from your intricate gardens or used to cover slopes. It also could be used as a screen instead of buying expensive woody plants and allow it to attach to chicken wire. It is not fragrant but comes in shades of red, pink, mauve, purple and white and blooms throughout the summer and into early fall, but it will attract butterflies. It is in the bean family so its tendrils will reach upwards of 6 feet and beyond, will tolerate drought, and will rot in winter if the soil is too moist. It should be cut back to the ground in the fall. It is native to Europe, deer will not munch, and hardy in Zones 3-9.

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