Sweet pea Cupani's original

Lathyrus odoratus 'Cupani'

Sweet pea Cupani's original - Lathyrus odoratus  'Cupani'

Common Name: Sweet pea Cupani's original
Genus: Lathyrus
Species: odoratus
Cultivar: 'Cupani'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This sweet pea was first introduced to the UK in 1699 when a Sicilian monk Francis Cupani sent seeds of this highly fragrant annual to Dr Robert Uvedale, a teacher from Enfield Middlesex. Thanks to its delicious scent the sweet pea has gained popularity throughout the centuries and over 400 years later the range of colours has increased enormously. Many of the modern varieties however lack the scent of their older relatives which is why we have included this old variety in our collection. The flowers may be a little smaller than their recently introduced cousins but they have a brilliant two-tone colour and the scent is to die for. You simply won't find a sweet pea with a better scent than this one.

  • Garden care: From October to late February sow seeds into deep pots or root trainers filled with a good-quality seed compost and place them in a cold frame. Pinch out the tips as the plants grow to encourage them to become bushier and produce more flowers and harden off before planting out in early April. Direct sowings can also be made in October or March. It is important to remove the faded flowers before they set seed so picking them to fill a vase inside will only encourage more to form.

  • Sow: October-February or April

  • Flowering: June-September



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