Salmon Flowered Crown

Salmon Flowered Crown

(English Crown Pea, Tufted Pea)

“Once common in seed lists of the 17th and 18th century, and still mentioned in gardening books in the mid 19th century, they are now all but unknown in cultivation and mostly of interest to geneticists. Their radically different stem shape meant they were classed as a separate species, Pisum umbellatum, but this was dropped when it became apparent that a small genetic factor is behind their odd appearance and they’re not botanically any different from the usual Pisum sativum.” (Daughter of the Soil 1)