Botanical Name: Lathyrus aureus
Common Name: Perennial Golden Pea
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 12
Lathyrus aureus, Perennial Golden Pea: A superb dwarf , clump forming perennial cousin of the familiar annual Sweet Pea. Attractive light green leaves create a lacy foil for the summer display of golden orange, long tubular, pea flowers. This scrambling, non climbing, deciduous perennial is a hardy addition to the perennial border. Resents being disturbed once established. Interesting cut flower. Enjoys full sun to light shade and not fussy on soil type. Good drainage is essential. 30cm x 30cm.
Lathyrus seed is best sown in late winter early spring to benefit from a cold spell. Germination is quicker and more uniform if the seeds are soaked in warm water for 24 hours prior to sowing. Any seeds that still have hard coats after soaking should have the seed coat nicked with a small file to enable them to take up water. Sow seed in good quality seed raising mix to the depth of the seed. Place seed out doors for 4-6 weeks in an unheated poly house .then place on a temperature of 18-20 degrees C for a more rapid and even germination. As soon as seed has emerged they prefer to be cool grown in as much light as possible. Pinch out growing point once the 2nd pair of leaves have opened. Seedlings can be planted out usually within 6-8 weeks after sowing.