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.
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