The Everlasting Pea
One of the more old-fashioned flowers within the Victorian garden, the everlasting pea (Lathyrus latifolius) could nonetheless hold its own against the many new species and varieties of flowers within the garden bed. When they had held their ground a few years, and had made great masses of rampant growth, they were positively glorious.
The everlasting pea could tolerate most soils, although it preferred a deep sandy loam. They absolutely hated being dug up and carted about, when they “take the sulks and refuse to flower”, or “take themselves off altogether”, so teaching the amateur gardener a sore lesson.
Everlasting peas could be trained to walls, or left to ramble through a bed.
Information and image taken from F. Edward Hulme and Shirley Hibberd, Familiar Garden Flowers (Cassell, Peter, Galpin and Co.: London: c. 1890), 5 vols.