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Lathyrus latifolius 'Albus' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Toxicity

Acute ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

everlasting pea 'Albus'

Family

Papilionaceae


Lathyrus can be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials, mostly climbing, with pinnate leaves ending in a tendril, and showy pea-like flowers, fragrant in some species

'Albus' is a strong-growing perennial tendril climber with paired oval leaflets and short racemes of white flowers 2-3cm across in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Can be grown as a climber or allowed to scramble over banks and slopes. It copes with sun or partial shade in fertile well-drained soil

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Cut back to ground level in autumn

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, slugs and snails

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildews