Lathyrus odoratus, the sweet pea

 

Introduction

The wild form of Lathyrus odoratus was first described by the Sicilian monk Francicus Cupani in 1696, and introduced into cultivation a few years later when he sent seed to correspondents in Amsterdam and England. The original plant was a bushy climber with modestly sized flowers of intense hue and fragrance. Since then, innumerable cultivated forms have been produced with a great diversity of form and colour, making the sweet pea one of the most popular and widely grown garden flowers and earning it the epithet 'The queen of annuals'.

lathyrus odoratus

Summary

Cultivation

The wild form of Lathyrus odoratus, sold as "Cupani" or "Cupani Original" is an easily grown bushy climber for a sunny spot in the garden.