(Lathyrus leguminoseae var. odoratus)
It is believed that a Franciscan Monk, Father Cupani discovered the Sweet Pea in Sicily c.1696. However, it was not until 1724 before the seed first became available in seed catalogues, first in Europe, and much later in North America. As time passed, breeders perfected larger blooms, but sacrificed the beautiful scent that originally attracted Father Cupani. The collection we offer focuses on scent. This is not to say that the flowers are not beautiful – they truly are, but it is the combination of the delicate flower and an enticing heavenly scent that make a Sweet Pea, sweet! Attractive to bees, butterflies, and especially humans.