Annual sweet pea is similar in appearance to the perennial sweet pea, except that it comes in a wider range of colors and the flowers are fragrant.
All common names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Moist, well-drained soil
Seasons of Interest:
- late spring,
- early summer,
- late summer,
- early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Method of Climbing
Annual sweet pea is an annual vine that can grow up to 8 feet in a season. It climbs by tendrils. Vines with tendrils climb by twisting those tendrils around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.
Full sun to light shade. These plants do best when temperatures are cool, so they may not do well in very hot summers.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious common problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Italy ans Sicily.
Alternate compound leaves with winged petioles arising from winged stems. Leaves green.
Pea-type flowers in a wide range of colors; fragrant. Numerous cultivars are available and flower color varies by cultivar.
The fruits are legumes (pods), containing pea-like seeds. Seeds should not be eaten.