Sweet Pea Meaning

October 10, 2012 | Flower Meanings And Symbolism

A flower known for its vibrant flower color and very sweet fragrance, sweet pea is native in the European and Mediterranean regions particularly in Sicily and east to Crate. Sweet Pea, known for its botanical name Lathyrus odoratus belongs to the genus Lahtyrus from the family Fabaceae. Sweet Pea is a climbing type of flowering plant which normally grows up to 1-2 meters in height.


Sweet Pea’s history dated as early as 17th century in Italy. It started when a Sicilian monk named Franciscus Cupani send sweet pea seeds to England. Though the seeds in which the monk brought to England are original sweet peas, these sweet peas carried very little resemblance to the sweet peas that we knew today. The original sweet peas were being crossed bread by Harry Eckford to create a much more colorful, more fragrant and more decorative sweet peas that we knew today. Among the sweet pea varieties Eckford cultivated are Scarlet king Edward VII, pink Dorothy Eckford, and the most popular Countess Spencer.


The overall appeal of sweet pea is significant to sweet pea meaning in modern times. According to the Victorian language of flowers sweet pea symbolism is being associated with being delicate or fragile (representation of the flower’s smooth petals), and delightful pleasure (representation of the flower’s sweet fragrance). In ancient times, sweet pea symbol was used in artworks and writings to convey hidden messages behind their works. Because of its smooth flowers and sweet fragrance, sweet pea remains to be one of the top favorite among fragrant flowers.

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