Posted: 27/08/2013 at 17:29
Fairygirl - You may already know this (others may not), Cupani can be traced back to the 17th century when it's richly coloured but relatively small flowers possessed a powerful and attractive fragrance.
These qualities were enough to ensure its survival after it reached these shores, courtesy of a Sicilian monk, Franciscus Cupani, who sent seeds to Dr. Robert Uvedale, a schoolmaster of Enfield, in 1699.
Cupani clearly considered the sweet pea to be of some importance, because he also sent seed to Caspar Commelin in Amsterdam at the same time.
So it’s the daddy of them all.