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Peas are tender spring vegetable on short vines. They often have large showy flowers in colors like pink and white. The pods can range in color from purple to green. Peas are best direct sown outdoors in the early months of spring, and if you have a long, cool fall, a second crop can be grown.

Latin Name

Pisum sativum



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables

Bloom Season

April - May


Fall Fall
Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 4'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Sun Part Sun


    Native Range



    George Washington grew peas at most of his farms.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Upper Garden Pioneer Farm Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden
  • Pioneer Farm
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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