‘Cupani is a mysterious fellow…his origin the subject of much speculation…though indubitably one of the oldest varieties of sweet pea and possibly introduced to the British Isles in 1699 by a monk ‘Brother Cupani’.
“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. The flowers maybe 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.” RHS