How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Sweet pea—Lathyrus odoratus
Family Fabaceae (Pea family)
Sweet peas are either annual or perennial plants.
Some are trailing types that may trail over rocks, fences,
or trellises. Bush types may do well in borders, beds, or
pots. Flowers have one large round petal surrounded by two
narrow side petals and two lower petals. Flowers vary in color
and may be pink, red, purple, white, or blue. They bloom in
late spring and summer and even through the fall in cool climates.
Sweet peas attract butterflies.
Optimum conditions for growth
Sweet peas do well in areas with full sun. Water
requirements vary by species. Regular fertilizing keeps plants
healthy. In warm winter areas, plant early for early spring