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Lathyrus Odoratus 'Matucana' (Spencer Sweet Pea Seed Matucana)


Lathyrus Odoratus 'Matucana' (Spencer Sweet Pea Seed Matucana)

Renowned for its heavenly fragrance


Masses of highly fragrant, bi-coloured blooms appear from July to September adding colour and sweet perfume to the garden. This old-fashioned variety is renowned for its deliciously scented and very beautiful flowers. It was first introduced to Britain in 1700, and it's perfect for training over a wigwam of bamboo canes in a sunny, well-drained site. In our (not very scientific) sweet pea trial on the nursery, we found that this variety had loads of very beautiful lilac and mauve flowers in August, but these appeared on short (around 6") stems, so it was not the best for cutting. They did have a very nice scent though. All the sweet-peas in our trial produced significantly better plants when the seeds were sown in autumn rather than spring.


  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soilto fast-growing
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Flower colour: deep purple and red
  • Other Features: very highly scented flowers
  • Hardiness: hardy annual
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