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Painted Lady Sweet Pea

Lathyrus odoratus ‘'Painted Lady'’

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. They were very popular in early American gardens.  Bernard McMahon listed five varieties in The American Gardener's Calendar.

This fragrant flower was first brought into cultivation by a Franciscan monk, Francis Cupani, who sent seed to England from Sicily in 1699. By 1730, several color forms were known, including the lovely pink and white "Painted Lady." It is a spring-flowering vine with highly scented blossoms. "Painted Lady" is pink and white, "Prima Donna" is pale pink, "Indigo King" is bluish purple, and "Queen of the Isles" is red and white.

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Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Pink, White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
May 11, 2001 to June 20, 2001May 4, 2002 to June 14, 2002May 6, 2003 to June 27, 2003May 21, 2004 to July 12, 2004June 3, 2005 to July 1, 2005May 5, 2006 to June 30, 2006April 30, 2007 to June 14, 2007May 15, 2008 to June 24, 2008May 11, 2009 to June 18, 2009May 10, 2010 to June 18, 2010May 17, 2012 to June 22, 2012May 14, 2013 to June 28, 2013April 24, 2014 to June 15, 2014May 8, 2015 to June 23, 2015June 10, 2016 to July 20, 2016May 18, 2017 to July 26, 2017May 18, 2018 to July 17, 2018May 13, 2019

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