Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cream Southbourne’

Family: Fabaceae

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cream Southbourne’ is a Spencer Sweet Pea cultivar, which was bred by Ken Colledge and introduced in 1982.  This is a super sweet pea!  Plants produce cream coloured, slightly frilly flowers, which have an exceptional fragrance.  The perfume is sweet, heady, and intoxicating; it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cream Southbourne’ is a hardy annual climber, that grows to around 1.8m (6ft) tall.  Like other sweet peas, Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cream Southbourne’ will require a wigwam, an obelisk, sweet pea netting, or a sweet pea frame, to support the plants as they grow.

This an ideal sweet pea to grow to produce deliciously scented cut flowers for the home and to enhance your summer garden.  Be sure to harvest your sweet pea flowers regularly, as the more flowers you pick, the more flowers your plants will produce.  Once a sweet pea flower fades, it’s not as easy to spot as the same flower in full bloom.  Faded flowers quickly turn to seed pods.  Sadly, once sweet pea plants start producing seeds, the plants will slow down or stop flower production – so do harvest your sweet pea flowers as often as you can!

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cream Southbourne’ is one of my favourite sweet pea flowers!  

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