Lathyrus odoratus ‘Mrs Bernard Jones’

Family: Fabaceae

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Mrs Bernard Jones’ is a Spencer sweet pea, with rosey-pink coloured, ruffled blooms.  This sweet pea cultivar was raised by the renowned sweet pea breeder Bernard Jones, it was first introduced in 1981.  Bernard must have been fond of this particular cultivar, as he named this plant especially for his wife.

I don’t think of this sweet pea as having much of a fragrance, but Lathyrus odoratus ‘Mrs Bernard Jones’ is still a popular cultivar with gardeners today, over 38 years after the plant’s introduction.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Mrs Bernard Jones’ is a hardy annual climber, that’s easily grown from seed.  Plants grow up to around 2m (6.5ft) tall.  This is a self clinging climber, but if you’re growing this sweet pea, you’ll need to provide your plants with a wigwam, a wire fence, or a support frame, that provides lots of opportunities for the plants to attach themselves.

Sow seeds of Lathyrus odoratus ‘Mrs Bernard Jones’ from October to April.

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