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Everlasting Sweet Pea

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Taken along the road in Litchfield, IL on Sat, July 27, 2013.

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cevas

Gorgeous picture!!! Thank you Laurajane.

warbler

Thanks Laura! I believe the naturalized one is just this color. Where I lived in California for a few years they grew flowers by the acre for seed for seed companies. It was awesome to drive by a field of sweetpeas(cultivars) and the smell would knock your socks off!

laurajane

I can't exactly figure out how they're shaped. They sort of go all over the place and take different petal formations. Thanks, Pat and Mimi!

mipahollo1

I think I remember some in gardens here in Louisiana when I was a child. I haven't seen any in years. The color is lovely. Thanks Laura! :)))

pkin38

Sweet peas are soooo pretty ...

laurajane

No, Robyn, I have only seen this colour growing along the side of the road.

robryan

Very pretty Laura! Have you seen different coloured ones?

laurajane

Thanks, Patti, Snooker and Warbler.

Yes, Warbler, it's in the Illinois Wildflowers book. But you are right, in that it escaped from cultivation. Here's what it says: The Everlasting Pea occurs occasionally in southern and central Illinois, while in northern Illinois it is uncommon or absent. It was introduced from Europe as a horticultural plant because of the showy flowers. Habitats include meadows with history of disturbance, woodland edges, sites of old homesteads, vacant lots, fence rows, and gardens. Sometimes the seeds or rhizomes are transported with soil by dump trucks into new areas. This species is not an aggressive spreader, but it is competitive with other kinds of vegetation and can persist for surprisingly long periods of time.

warbler

to me this is a naturalized garden flower, not a wildflower. What do you think Laura. Is it in the book?

snooker

Another one I haven't seen in years. Thanks.

PLG1958

Beautiful! Love the color!

laurajane

Thanks a bunch, Pumpkin, Chickie, Rosie and Morris! They are all over the place!

morris186

Very pretty, Laura!

roseheather

Beautiful bloom, such a vibrant color. Thanks. ; )

chickiemama

I agree, nicely photographed laura.

pumpkinhead

Don't you just love them? Their name just makes one smile. Nicely photographed, Laura.

laurajane

Yes, fodus. I had forgotten to put the word "sweet" in the title, so I went back and changed it. Thanks!

fodus

The perennial sweet pea.

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