Sweet Pea 'Cupani'

Closely related to the fantastically fragrant wild sweet pea found in late spring hedgerows in Sicily and Southern Italy. It has small flowers and short stems, but the perfume will fill a room. More
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Closely related to the fantastically fragrant wild sweet pea found in late spring hedgerows in Sicily and Southern Italy. It has small flowers and short stems, but the perfume will fill a room.

This sweet pea was first introduced to the UK in the late 17th century when a Sicilian monk, Brother Francis Cupani, sent seeds of this highly fragrant annual to Dr. Robert Uvedale, a teacher from Enfield, Middlesex.

No garden is complete without sweet peas. Grow them over arches, teepees and trellis and plant them with your runner beans to draw lots of insect pollinators into your veg patch.

We sow our highly-scented, old-fashioned sweet pea seeds in the winter, as well as in the spring, so that you will have excellent productive plants throughout the summer. Our sweet pea seedlings come with full planting instructions.

Genus Lathyrus odoratus
Variety Cupani
Type Hardy Annual Climber
Common Name Wild Sweet Pea, Cupani's Original
Border Position Climber
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 2 metres (6ft)
Spacing Plant out, 2 plants to a vertical, 15cm (6in) apart in a mild spell in March-May.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow October-December or January-March, 2 seeds into 1 rootrainer. When roots fill container, pot on 2 seedlings together into a 1 litre pot. Pinch out tips when plants have 4 pairs of leaves. If autumn sown, overwinter in a light, cool place.
Care Tips Remove the climbing tendrils as they grow. Tie the stem into your framework on a regular basis. These grow well in container pots up a climbing frame.
Flowering May - August (winter-sown), or June-September (spring-sown), 12-14 weeks from spring sowing of seed.
Vase Life 4-5 days. Avoid direct sunlight and heat. This has a beautiful scent.
Harvesting Keep picking as often as you can.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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