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Also sold as:
Pisum sativus

Vegetables
Year Introduced: 1912
Heredity: Open Pollinated
History: Introduced by W. Atlee Burpee but by 1928, Hedrick noted in "Peas of New York" that this variety and Laxtonian had become indistinguishable and that "purification of each variety would be necessary to re-establish the differences between them."
Days to harvest: 75

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Vine
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Plant Spread: 6-12 inches
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Self

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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Apr 15, 2014 4:56 PM

This variety was introduced by Burpee in the early 20th century. After it was out of circulation for years, Burpee has reintroduced it. In my early childhood we grew Thomas Laxton and Little Marvel. In the 50's we replaced Little Marvel with Blue Bantam. Much more productive than Little Marvel and a good eating pea.

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