An old-fashioned Grandiflora, Black Knight is a handsome striking crimson/black colour. You might sometimes get up to four flowers on each stem, which judged by today's standards are relatively short compared to the Spencer varieties. The flowers are quite small but make up for this by sheer numbers. It has a stupendous sweet pea scent and is indomitably vigorous, climbing up to 2 metres high with an armour of flowers from helm to spur. If you are looking for paler sweet peas instead, or you want to find a Fair Lady for this particular knight meander down our select list of excellent sweet peas.
Black Knight sweet pea makes for a gorgeous cutting flower and a very good foil for the plethora of pastels out there too. Being an old-fashioned type you could grow Black Knight in a pot so that you can place it close to an outside door. Or combine it with some white flowered runner beans for a beautiful potager look and to encourage lots of insects into your vegetable garden to pollinate the beans and more. Partner Black Knight with creamy Cathy and/or striking carmine Edward V11 for a zinging combination of old-fashioned sweet peas. Bear in mind that it is not hugely visible from a distance if you are growing it to view in a garden unless you grow it against silver or gold foliage when it really comes into its own.
Henry Eckford is to British Sweet Peas what Delia Smith is to British cooking and Black Knight is one of his success stories. He was a passionate breeder who worked in the 1890s to develop lots of our best beloved sweet pea varieties from which have been bred modern Grandifloras and now Spencer varieties