Pea, Asparagus

Lotus tetragonolobus
SKU: 0940 P50
  • Red flowers
  • Vines grow laterally along the ground
  • Thrives in poor soil
  • Edible podded pea
  • 60-75 days

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(Lotus tetragonolobus) (aka Winged Pea) This legume, not closely related to either asparagus or peas, produces low-growing plants that spread laterally and bear beautiful red flowers. Its uniquely flavored pods are best steamed whole, when small. Thriving in poor soil, this species is most likely from northwest Africa and was mentioned as early as 1734 by celebrated English gardener and botanist Philip Miller. Edible podded, 60-75 days.

Direct Seed: 2-3" Apart

Seed Depth: 1/2-1"

Rows Apart: 24"

Support: Trellis

Instructions - Peas thrive in cool weather. Sow seeds outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Double rows of peas can be planted on each side of a trellis.