DR KEITH HAMMETT
QSM, BSc (Hons), PhD
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Lathyrus latifolius 'White Pearl'
$6.00
Lathyrus latifolius 'White Pearl'  

SOLD OUT - More in stock soon - Lathyrus latifolius, commonly known as the 'Everlasting Sweet Pea', is a perennial sister species of the sweet pea. It has many more flowers per stem than the sweet pea, but sadly they lack scent. Occurs in various shades of pink as well as this stunning white form, which has good vase-life as a cut flower. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Lathyrus nervosus
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$6.00
Lathyrus nervosus  

'Lord Anson's Pea' This is a perennial species from South America. It has somewhat succulent leaves and stems and prefers to scramble rather than climb. It will grow outside as well as under cover, but can be temperamental. I have found that it prefers to flower during the winter months here in Auckland. Can be sown at any time of the year. Limited stock. 10 seed per packet.

Lathyrus tingitanus
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Lathyrus tingitanus  

Tangier Pea This is an unscented annual relative of the Sweet Pea from the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. It is notable for a very large standard petal relative to the small wing petals. This form is a rich purpleish cerise colour that came to me via the Howick Village in Auckland. Limited stock. 10 seed per packet.

Lipstick
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Lipstick  

'Lipstick' Large, wavy, rich crimson flowers on long stems. Suitable for cut flowers and exhibition. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Little Red Riding Hood
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Little Red Riding Hood  

'Little Red Riding Hood' is a very striking bicoloured sweet pea with a red standard petal and white wings. It has the greatest colour contrast between the standard and the wings of any sweet pea. Great garden performer and attracts attention from a distance. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Lunar Sea
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Lunar Sea  

SOLD OUT 'Lunar Sea' has pure cream wavy flowers, five to six on a stem. Moderate sized flowers, highly floriferous. This is a winter/spring flowering type. Cream is a good colour to blend with others. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Mahogany
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Mahogany  

'Mahogany' Dark chocolate maroon self, 4-5 wavy flowers on long stems. Adds dark red base colour to mixed bunches. Spring flowers, can be sown from May till November. October-November sowings will flower in the Autumn. Limited stock. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Maloy
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Maloy  

'Maloy' was the first reverse bicolour sweet pea on the red side of the colour spectrum. Standard apricot pink and wings a strong orange pink. Great in a floral arrangement. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Moody Blues
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Moody Blues  

'Moody Blues' is a combination of three cultivars 'North Shore' bicolour (navy standard with violet wings), 'Cocktail' bicolour (maroon standard with violet wings) and 'Big Blue' (a mid-blue self). These all have large wavy flowers borne on long strong stems. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

More Scent
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'More Scent' As the name suggests, some people claim that this cultivar is even more strongly scented than 'High Scent'. The flowers are a mauve flush on a white ground. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Mrs Collier
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$6.00
Mrs Collier   scented icon

'Mrs Collier' is an ancestral cultivar of historic significance - first introduced in the UK in 1905. It has primrose coloured buds which open cream, and a delicate vanilla scent. More recently it became notable as the foundation cultivar used in the cross between Lathyrus odoratus and L. belinensis, which has led to the various Lathyrus x hammettii hybrids. 15 seeds per packet.

My Navy
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My Navy  

'My Navy' has large dark blue wavy flowers. This is a colour not often seen in sweet peas. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

WINTER FLOWERING SWEET PEAS

Although the original, wild Sweet Pea, Lathyrus odoratus, from which all Sweet Peas have been derived was summer flowering, strains have been developed that are able to flower at different times of the year. This is controlled by the length of daylight hours, which varies both by season and geographic location. As a rule of thumb, Summer Flowering strains require 12 hours daylight to initiate flowering, Spring Flowering strains require 11 hours, while Winter Flowering strains require only 10 hours.

SPRING & SUMMER FLOWERING SWEET PEAS

Spring Flowering types are best sown in the autumn while Summer Flowering types are best sown from mid winter in areas with mild winters like those experienced in Northern New Zealand. Spring and Summer types produce more sturdy plants, which produce strong basal shoots that soon take over from the primary shoot. Notwithstanding both the Winter and Spring strains perform very well if sown at the same time as the Summer types.

Scented SWEET PEAS

Scent is a difficult characteristic to breed. Expression of scent is very much dependant on temperature and humidity, while different people have differing ability to detect scent. Notwithstanding, Keith's work in combining the colours of the ancestral cultivars with bigger flowers and longer stems has also resulted in strongly perfumed cultivars. His 'High Scent' is recognised as the world benchmark for scent. This has smaller flowers with a clamped keel, but new introduction 'High Society' combines a waved, crisp white ground picotee edged pink flower with strong scent.

NO SOAKING REQUIRED

Very frequently, home gardeners are advised to soak seed overnight before sowing. This is unnecessary and potentially harmful for any hand harvested seed obtained from this website. Because of harvesting methods, seed from field production can on occasion result in hard seed coats, which delays or prevents germination. This is why the idea that seed needs to be soaked to identify hard seed has arisen.

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