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Lathyrus odoratus
FLOWER-SWEET PEA-PAINTED LADY (SALE) is the first ever bicolor sweet pea, & the first named sweet pea cultivar still with us from its discovery in 1737! Painted Lady is a beautiful rose, pastel pink & cream bicolor that is deliciously scented & heat tolerant. Begins flowering early & it will grow to 2.5 m tall, bearing hundreds of 3 cm bi-colored blooms on 20 -25 cm strong stems. An excellent garden performer, adaptable to most well-drained garden soils but avoid waterlogging the soil.

Sweet Pea “Painted Lady” is considered to be an annual climbing plant that can grow up to 6-8 feet tall with proper care and maintenance. They are also attractive to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies and are also a good choice for cut flowers. Sweet Peas come in a wide range of colours, that can be used in garden beds, borders, and containers.  Also great for children and educational gardens, as they are easy to grow and fun to watch grow.

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How to grow Sweet Pea Pained Lady

  1. Choose a locationin full sun and well-draining soil.
  2. Sow seeds directly directly in the garden after the last frost date in your area at 20-30°C on the surface of a free draining, damp seed compost, 3 seeds per 7.5cm plot.  Then apply a layer of compost 1cm deep.
  3. Or start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date.  Place in a polythene bag until after germination.
  4. Provide support for your Sweet peas as they are climbing plants and will need some form of support, such as a trellis, fence, or netting to climb on.
  5. Sweet Peas require regular watering and fertilisation to thrive. Water the plants when the soil is dry to the touch and fertilise them every 2-3 weeks with a balanced fertiliser.
  6. Deadheading or pinch off dead flowers to encourage new blooms and maintain a neat appearance.

Heritage of Sweet Pea-Painted Lady

Painted Lady Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus ‘Painted Lady’) originated in Italy during the 18th century.  This variety dates to 1737 and was planted by Jefferson at Monticello in the early 1800s. Its delicate blooms feature bi-colored petals in shades of pink and white, reminiscent of the painted wings of butterflies. This heirloom variety has been cherished for generations for its charming appearance and sweet fragrance, making it a beloved addition to cottage gardens and floral arrangements.

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)


Season of Interest

Spring / Summer

Temperature Range (°C)

10 - 20

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Raise Seedlings


Well Drained,Fertile Soil


6 - 7.5

Soil Temperature (°C)

10 - 21

Seed Preparation

Soak seeds overnight before sowing

Sowing Depth (mm)

2 - 3

Plant Spacing (cm)

15 - 20

Row spacing (cm)

45 - 60


Regular to keep soil moist, not waterlogged

Germination Time (Days)

10 - 20

Harvest Time (Days)

60 - 90

Good Companion Plants

Nasturtiums, Lavender, Marigolds, Lupins, Alyssum

Bad Companion Plants

Garlic and onions, Potatoes, Fennel


Aphids, Spider mites, Thrips


powdery mildew

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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