Sweet pea

Sweet peas do well in the ornamental garden but also in the vegetable garden.

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Everlasting pea (Lathyrus latifolius)

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  • Sweet pea is very poisonous, especially the seeds; cut off any pods to avoid mistaking them for the edible pods of the common pea.

Sweet peas(Lathyrus odoratus) also do well in the vegetable garden: both fragrant annuals and perennials – the everlasting pea – climb up along mesh. Sweet peas belong to the bean family (Fabaceae) and are susceptible to the same diseases and pests as peas. Therefore, do not plant them together with peas or beans. Sweet peas are also susceptible to Fusarium, a fungus; to prevent it from striking, it is best not to leave ornamental peas in the same spot for years at a time: as with beans, apply crop rotation. Sweet peas in the vegetable garden are grown for their flowers. Unfortunately, the perennial everlasting pea (Lathyrus latifolius) hardly smells, but it is very pretty.


Eaten young peas: pea moth (Laspeyresia nigricana) or pea weevil (Bruchus pisorum).

Fungi & diseases

Brown spots with gray fungus: gray mold.

Plant wilts and leaves turn yellow on one side. White (sometimes pink) mold develops on stem and tendrils: Fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum).


Seeds are dug up: birds, mice.

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