Traditionally, sweet pea flowers symbolize bliss or delicate pleasure and may also be used to indicate someone leaving after a positive experience. The sweet pea that is common today is actually a hybrid flower and looks very little like the original sweat pea first noted in Italy in the 17th century.
A Sicilian monk is said to have sent the original sweet pea flower seeds to England in the 17 century. The flower is characterized by its small, colorful blossoms and its sweet fragrance. Notable varieties include the Dorothy Eckford, the King Edward VII, which is scarlet, and the Countess Spencer.