Acacia Leaf Sweet Peas

A strain of sweet pea in which the tendrils normally found on each leaf are replaced by leaflets. This gives the plant a more solid bushy appearance rather different to the delicate sweet peas with which we are familiar. Evolved by George Burt of E. W. King & Co. in the early 1950s, they never really lived up to their early promise and in spite of the obvious attraction of a sweet pea plant without tendrils, seem to have made little impact in the market place. Although infrequent, this mutation has cropped up on a number of occasions and has a brief moment of glory before subsiding into obscurity once more.

no-tendril leaf

 

As a contrast, it is possible for a plant to stop producing leaves and form masses of tendrils instead. This may be desirable in culinary peas, making as it does, for easier mechanical harvesting, but is hardly likely to find favour among sweet pea growers.