In 1811 Jefferson planted Lathyrus odoratus seeds sent to him by André Thouin of Paris. The sweet pea is another flower associated with old, particularly English, gardens. But, it was popular enough in this country that Bernard McMahon listed five varieties in The American Gardener's Calendar.

Typical Blooming Dates: May - July
Growth Type: Annual
Color(s): Pink, White, Purple
Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10
Location at Monticello: West Lawn
Planting Conditions: Partial Shade
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