Common Names: Sweet Pea, Lathyrus
Botanical names: Lathyrus (LATH-i-rus)
Availability: January through August
Vase life: 3 to 7 days
Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Distinctive pea-vine type foliage with tendrils. Three to four blossoms of very delicate petals on stems 6 to 8 inches in length branching off from the vine.
Color: White, red, pink, lavender, purple
Botanical facts: The name is Greek for the pea.
Design notes: These wonderful blossoms with their delicate petals and soft fragrance are a favorite for wedding and corsage work. Sweet Peas can be used in arrangements to add mass or as a filler. Commonly used alone in a simple spring vase arrangement.
Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with two blossoms open and buds showing color.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.