Lathyrus vernus (Spring Vetchling) [15 Seeds]

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$4.75

Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-sowers only, because they often require patience and may need some experimentation.

One option is to sow the seeds about 1/8″ deep in fall to early winter and set the pot outdoors, in a spot protected from mice, to germinate when conditions are right in spring to early summer.

Another option is to sow the seeds in a pot indoors in winter or spring, in warm, bright conditions, or outdoors in late spring to midsummer. Pouring very warm water over the seeds and letting them soak for 12 to 24 hours before planting can help to seed up germination. It may still take several weeks or even longer for seedlings to appear. If you don’t see any sprouting after a month or so, consider putting the pot in your refrigerator for a month or so before moving it back to a warm place.

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If you’re looking for an uncommon perennial to complement daffodils, hellebores, epimediums, and other early bloomers in your borders and woodland gardens, give spring vetchling (Lathyrus vernus) a try. It reaches about 1 foot tall, flowering in early to mid spring and then expanding its leaves to form a clump of deep green foliage. It may die back to the ground in summer, or the leaves may stick around if the summer isn’t too hot or dry. I collected these seeds from several different plants: species plants with pinkish purple flowers (as shown in the first photo here); some with softer pink flowers (L. vernus f. roseus or ‘Alboroseus’); see the second photo); and narrow-leaved plants with purplish pink, pink, or blue flowers (usually known as ‘Filifolius’ or “Narrow Leaf Form”). The seedlings will likely have a range of flower colors and leaf traits. Light to full shade is usually best; in cooler areas, it can grow in full sun. Perennial; Zones 5 to 9.

Collected on May 31 to June 5, 2022. At least 15 seeds per packet. Limited quantity this year; one packet per customer.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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1 review for Lathyrus vernus (Spring Vetchling) [15 Seeds]

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    You have to watch these carefully. I did not and lost the seedlings, but it was a good lesson and I’ll do it correctly next time.

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