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English Pea
Pisum sativum 'Little Marvel'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pisum (PEES-um) (Info)
Species: sativum (sa-TEE-vum) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Marvel

Category:

Vegetables

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Eureka, California

Somerset, California

Buford, Georgia

Cleveland, Georgia

Whitmore Lake, Michigan

Meridian, Mississippi

Charlotte, North Carolina

Arlington, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Garland, Texas

Radford, Virginia

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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Positive

On Feb 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This pea did really well in my garden. I like to plant them to snack on while I work outside. Other varieties I have tried in the past barely had a chance to produce before hot weather hit, but these outdid themselves.

One of my son's favorite foods is peas, and I think it is because of him having helped me plant and harvest them since he was a toddler.

Positive

On Jul 13, 2005, TuttiFrutti from Spokane Valley, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my first year for growing Little Marvel peas. As with the Alaska peas we're also growing for the first time, I was unprepared when the shortest vines were twice the height suggested on the seed packet (ours reached 30-36").

We're over half-way through the harvest after having made three separate plantings timed a couple or so weeks apart. We really enjoy their sweet flavor when eaten raw; haven't tried cooking them yet.

Positive

On Jan 19, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Little Marvel is an oldtime early wrinkled seeded pea. It was grown extensively in my youth but Blue Bantam, Early Bird and Frosty are superior in my opinion. It grows a short vine, yields reasonably well and has good flavor.