Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is a flowering plant in the genus Lathyrus in the family Fabaceae (legumes), native to the eastern Mediterranean region from Sicily east to Crete.
It is an annual climbing plant, growing to a height of 1-2 m where suitable support is available. The leaves are pinnate with two leaflets and a terminal tendril, which twines around supporting plants and structures helping the sweet pea to climb. The flowers are purple, 2-3.5 cm broad, in the wild plant, larger and very variable in colour in the many cultivars.
Sweet peas have been cultivated since the 17th century and a vast number of cultivars are commercially available. They are often grown by gardeners for their bright colours and the sweet fragrance that gives them their name.

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  • AnnDixon
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  • Olitto
    Olittoabout 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Ann. Great work!

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Good one, Ann!

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Oh, this is so very pretty, Ann!

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...about 4 years ago

    Splendid !!!

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTabout 4 years ago

    Very nice work Ann.

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Ann

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 4 years ago

    How very beautiful! Lovely work!

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonabout 4 years ago

    Really lovely Ann. Awesome colour and detail. :) Hugs, S.

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