Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’

Family: Fabaceae

Countries: Cyprus, Europe, Italy, Sicily

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’ is often referred to as the original sweet pea, as its appearance is very similar indeed to the sweet pea form that was discovered by a Sicilian monk named Francis Cupani, back in the 1690s.   Modern sweet pea cultivars descend from this old, but very special and much loved sweet pea.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’ produces slightly smaller sized blooms than the similar looking Lathyrus odoratus ‘Matucana’.  Certainly, both of these sweet peas are lovely plants to have in your garden.  I think Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’ is a charming sweet pea cultivar.  Plants usually produce two small magenta- cerise, bicoloured flowers per flowering stem.

A hardy annual climber, Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’ Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’ produces fragrant flowers.  It’s the ideal choice of sweet pea to plant near a seat, an entrance or gate, where the scent from its flowers can be savoured each time you pass by.

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