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PlantFiles: English Pea
Pisum sativum 'Wando'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Zeppy On Mar 17, 2009, Zeppy from Shenandoah Valley, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Prolific, forgiving English-type pea. Very sweet and more tolerant of warm weather than most. Harvest when pods are full but not bulging. They freeze well, but it's just no comparison to fresh!

Positive CurtisJones On Apr 30, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests, inc.: This heirloom shelling pea can take heat much better than other varieties. It is an excellent choice for warm climates or for late planting. It was introduced in 1943 and is the result of a cross between Laxton's Progress (an English pea) and Perfection (a New England heirloom). Though, it is a heat tolerant variety, it also handles the cold as well as other peas, so it can be planted in early spring just the same. The 18"-30" plants have 7-8 medium sized peas in each 3 1/2" pod. Sow a crop in early spring for summer harvest and another crop in mid-summer for fall harvest. In zones 9-11, they can even be grown for winter harvest.

Positive tucsonjill On Mar 8, 2008, tucsonjill from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

I haven't grown peas before, but they seem very hardy, and very prolific--and the taste is great! I'll be planting more next year.

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 22, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An introduction from the Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, Charleston SC. For anyone who can remember that far back, Burgess use to sell it as thier Famous Drought Proof Pea. It is resistant to both heat and cold. A late pea that will produce in the south. Yields and flavor are good.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Longmont, Colorado
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia
Weyers Cave, Virginia

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