A very British Flower (with Italian roots!)

The fragrant sweet pea originates from 17th century Italy when visitors brought this dainty flower back to England.  It's horticultural name, Lathyrus Odorous comes from the Greek for pea and the Latin from fragrant.

They are considered to be the floral emblem of Edwardian England and were an important part of floral arrangements for weddings and dinner parties.