Sweet pea

A delicate, tender flower with a sweet scent

The delicate sweet pea (officially called Lathyrus) appears to be a sweet sequel to the story of the Princess and the Pea, since it’s very popular with many royal families, and was the firm favourite of the Dutch Queen Juliana. She collected the most unusual varieties, and crossbred them to produce even lovelier specimens. Obviously this is partly because of the cheerful, fragile appearance and endless range of colours, but the fragrance is also very special. As a result, the sweet regal scent is very popular with perfume houses. So it’s high time to fill your own little palace with them! 

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Colours and shapes

The soft pastel shades or blended colours are fabulous! Opt for red, vermillion, lilac, mauve, white or cream. There are even a couple of bicoloured varieties. The flowers look spectacular on their own, or in clusters on long stems. The flower’s romantic appearance and enchanting fragrance make it very popular for weddings. The seed pods can contain one or more seeds.

As the common name suggests, peas (seeds) grow on the plant. These are very different from the peas that we find on our plates - those of the sweet pea are not edible. This beautiful lady is a member of the legume family, and there are at least hundred varieties in colours that will melt your heart. She is a bit stubborn though, insisting on flowering on the longest day of the year.

Symbolism

The enchanting fragrance of this chic flower makes life considerably more beautiful. It therefore symbolises kindheartedness. You could certainly treat yourself to some of that!

Origin

This flower, which originates from Sicily, originally only came in violet or crimson. It was discovered at the end of the 17th century. It’s a member of the legume family, which is native to the temperate regions of Europe, Asia, North and South America.  
The Latin name Lathyrus is derived from the Greek word ‘lathuros’, which means ‘legume’. The second name ‘odoratus’ refers to the remarkable fragrance.