Lathyrus odoratus ‘Sir Max Hastings’

Family: Fabaceae

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Sir Max Hastings’ is a Spencer Sweet Pea cultivar, which was raised and introduced by Somerset growers, Phil and Joyce Kerton, in 2009.

I’ve not found my Lathyrus odoratus ‘Sir Max Hastings’ flowers to be fragrant, but many other growers praise this sweet pea’s perfume.  I only wish that I could say the same.  However there is much to recommend this sweet pea cultivar for; Lathyrus odoratus ‘Sir Max Hastings’ plants produce large frilly, raspberry-burgundy coloured flowers.  The flowers are large in size and beautifully frilly, they’re quite an unusual colour, being neither purple or burgundy, but a mixture of the two colours.  ‘Sir Max Hastings’ blooms are held on nice long stems, which are strong and study, making this a sweet pea cultivar that’s good for exhibition growing, as well as to decorate your garden.

Plant Lathyrus odoratus ‘Sir Max Hastings’ in moist, well drained soil, in a sunny or partially shaded spot.  Lathyrus odoratus ‘Sir Max Hastings’ plants grow to around 2m (6.5ft) tall, depending on the plant’s growing conditions.  You’ll need to provide your plants with a tall wigwam, or a support frame.  You’ll need something tall and sturdy for your plants to climb.  Use plenty of twiggy branches, some netting, or a section of trellis that has lots of places for your sweet pea plants’ tendrils to cling on.

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