When to Plant Perennial Sweet Pea Seeds?

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When to Plant Perennial Sweet Pea Seeds?
Sweet pea flowers are delicate, but not always fragrant. (Dynamic Graphics/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

The perennial sweet peas Lathyrus vernus, also known as spring vetch, are cool-season plants. Perennial peas prefer full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

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Benefits

The perennial sweet pea L. latifolius lacks the fragrance of other sweet peas. The sweet pea L. latifolius can stop erosion and serve as cover for wildlife.

Conditions

The perennial sweet pea Lathyrus vernus adapts to U.S. hardiness zones 5 to 7. The plants may survive in zone 4 with winter protection. The plants grow as annuals in southern states where heat and humidity prevail.

Planting

Gardeners can plant Lathyrus vernus in the spring. Soak the seeds overnight before planting for best results. The plants bloom in the spring and may provide some of the first flowers of the season. Other perennial sweet peas bloom from July to August.

Saving Seed

Collect sweet pea seeds when the pods of the plants turn brown. Open the pods and allow the seeds to air-dry.

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