Nearly ten years ago, I found a packet of five seeds in a box. I’ve no idea where they came from, but they were labelled lathyrus latifolius, the everlasting pea. According to Wikipedia, it is also known as the perennial peavine, perennial pea, and broad-leaved everlasting-pea. With nothing to lose, I soaked the seeds for 24 hours before sowing them in a pot of compost and waited to see if any would germinate. Two out of the five did.
Scroll on a few years, and I now have two very different plants clambering over a shrub in the front garden. One has brilliant pink flowers and is a bit of a thug; i have already reduced the number of stems on it by half this year, and despite the incredibly hot and dry weather, it is romping away and will soon need controlling.
The other plant is a bit of a wimp. Is is easily overlooked until it flowers, and even then it only makes a half-hearted attempt with only two or three at a time. but they are white with just the merest hint of pink.
Maybe the host would struggle with two rampant climbers over it, but I would have liked the white one to show a bit more enthusiasm.
During the long flowering season, you need to deadhead every couple of days to keep the display going, as setting seed will stop the blooms and provide more self sown plants than you know what to do with. But otherwise this is a low maintenance plant. After the frosts have killed the top growth, cut it to the ground and wait for next years’s display.
I’m off to look in boxes for any more forgotten seeds.