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Lathyrus aureus

Lathyrus aureus



About this cultivar:

Lathyrus aureus is a hardy perennial cousin to the familiar annual Sweet Pea. It forms a bushy clump of light-green lacy leaves, with spikes of golden-orange pea flowers appearing in early summer. It makes an interesting cut flower (OMG! WHAT IS THAT?). Seldom seen in gardens because they are a pain to propagate. However it performs so well in our garden, and many people ask for it, we tried our best!'re welcome....(!).

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
  • Flowers: May, June, July
  • Other features: -
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy - grows well in Ballyrobert
  • Habit: Clump forming, bushy
  • Foliage: Deciduous
  • Height: 40 - 60 cm (1.3 - 2 ft)
  • Spread: 40 - 60 cm (1.3 - 2 ft)
  • Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
  • Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Colour: Green, yellow, orange
  • Goes well with: -

About this genus:

Lathyrus (lath-e-rus) is the ancient Greek name for some leguminous plant. Nowdays Lathryrus is a genus of flowering plant species known as sweet peas and vetchlings. Lathyrus is in the legume family (Fabaceae,) and contains approximately 160 species. They are native to temperate areas all over the world. There are annual and perennial species which may be climbing or bushy (we only deal with perennnals here!). Some species are grown for food but most in cultivation today are grown for rnamental purposes - often for cut flowers. Flowers on these cultivated species may be rose, red, maroon, pink, white, yellow, purple or blue, and some are bicolored. Some species are also grown for their fragrance.

There is too much variety in Lathyrus to be general about Lathyrus, but (as always) the species that perform well in our garden are the only species we sell; so these guys should be fine in our climate, in heavy clay soil, and anywhere but full-shade. In other words: they will probably grow anywhere that isn't too dry!

What to grow them with: hmmm, well we can't generalize- some are climbers, some are not etc